Tramway forced to suspend Friday service after digger drags wires 'into path of car' in Colyford

PUBLISHED: 12:22 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:20 12 April 2018

Emergency services investigating fallen tram cables in Colyford. Picture: Karen Buttery

Emergency services investigating fallen tram cables in Colyford. Picture: Karen Buttery

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The main A road through Colyford was blocked this morning (Thursday) after tram wires were dragged down by a digger strapped to the back of a truck.

Emergency services investigating fallen tram cables in Colyford. Picture: Karen ButteryEmergency services investigating fallen tram cables in Colyford. Picture: Karen Buttery

The incident, which one onlooker said caused an ‘almighty screech’, reportedly saw the power cables land on another vehicle this morning (April 12).

Firefighters and operatives from Seaton Tramway rushed to the scene, at the A3052 Swan Hill Road, which was blocked in both directions for around 30 minutes as a clean-up operation got underway.

As a result of the damage, Seaton Tramway said it will be not operating trams tomorrow, but hopes to resume normal service on Saturday.

In a statement, the operator added: “Shortly before midday today an over-height HGV loaded with a digger, caused damage to the overhead power cables on the Colyford crossing, located on the A3052 creating severe disruption to Seaton Tramway. No-one was injured in the incident.

Emergency services investigating fallen tram cables in Colyford. Picture: Karen ButteryEmergency services investigating fallen tram cables in Colyford. Picture: Karen Buttery

“As a result of the damage by the HGV, the tramway has had to suspend its service. All passengers are being taken by coach to their respective starting points.

“Due to the continuing repairs, we will unfortunately not be able to open on Friday (April 13).

“Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused to our passengers and we hope to be open for business on Saturday (April 14) at 10am.”

Photographer Karen Buttery, who was holidaying at a cottage close to the scene, said tram wires fell into the path of another car after they were felled by the digger.

Emergency services investigating fallen tram cables in Colyford. Picture: Karen ButteryEmergency services investigating fallen tram cables in Colyford. Picture: Karen Buttery

She added: “I didn’t see, but was sat in the garden and heard the wires being pulled down by the high digger in the back of the lorry driving through.

“We heard this almighty screech - my first thought was perhaps a wagon filled with bottles had overturned.

“There were wires all over the road, and the two drivers were having a heated discussion.

“The wires must have fallen on to the car coming in the opposite direction - it was just there at the wrong place and time.”

There were long queues between B3161 Coly Road and B3172 while the power cables were cleared away.

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