M5 in Somerset shut as 33,000 volt power cable pole catches fire

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BBC Radio Somerset

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Western Power stated the pole caught fire and the cable was suspended in the air, inflicting a close-by substation’s provide to journey

A stretch of the M5 has been closed after a pole linked to a 33,000-volt power cable caught fire.

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The motorway, in Somerset, was shut between junctions 23 and 22 after a close-by substation tripped, chopping provide to 10,546 clients.

Western Power stated the highest of the pole burnt off, inflicting conductors “to conflict collectively” and journey a circuit breaker.

It stated engineers have been working to repair the overhead line, and stated the street could be closed for as much as six hours.

The agency apologised for the disruption, and stated power was instantly restored to all however one affected buyer instantly.

Engineers have been alerted by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to a pole on fire close to Burnham at 18:37 BST.

‘Conflict collectively’

“We established it was the 33,000-volt circuit feeding our Burnham Major Substation,” a spokesman stated.

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Avon and Somerset Police

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Avon and Somerset Police tweeted an image of the pole as the carriageway was closed

“At 18:55 the circuit breaker feeding this substation tripped disconnecting provides to 10,546 clients. 10,545 clients have been instantly restored by way of another circuit.

“One buyer stays off provide whereas repairs are being undertaken.”

The motorway stays closed in each instructions and diversions are in place on the A38.

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