TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill yesterday after a high-sided lorry brought power cables down near a major road interchange.
Major tailbacks were caused after electricity cables fell onto the carriageway of the A494 eastbound at the junction with A540 Parkgate Road/A5117 near Chester.
The lorry, which had made contact with the lines, remained stranded for several hours while engineers worked to repair the damage.
Power to almost 100 homes was lost as a result of the accident. Lights also went out at the BP Ensign petrol station at Saughall near where the A494 joins the M53.
Traffic lights also failed at the A494/A540 roundabout, causing further traffic mayhem.
One lane was closed and traffic was affected on the A494, A540 and on to the M56.
ScottishPower spokesman Paul Ferguson said the lines had been brought down because of “third-party damage”.
“A high-sided lorry has made contact with a power line in the area,” he said.
Engineers cleared cables from the road and worked to reconnect homes and businesses.
“Ninety-six properties are off supply and engineers from Wirral are working to reconnect users,” said Mr Ferguson.
“During the work, some properties will go on and off to allow the repairs to take place but we are doing all that we can as quickly as we can.”
Ensign Service Station cashier Hemant Kumar said power had been lost at about 11.15am and he had been told not to expect it back on until 6pm.
Motorists hoping to refuel were turned away and Mr Kumar said the station was set to lose a lot of money from the lack of sales and staff would have to remain onsite until power was restored to make sure systems returned to normal.
North Wales Police control room reported that traffic was back to normal by 4pm.
There were no reported injuries.
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