Collier Row residents without internet for more than a week after car crashes into telegraph pole

PUBLISHED: 15:43 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:44 21 November 2018



Collier Row residents have been left without any internet for more than a week after a car crashed into a telegraph pole, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to homes in the street.


The Fiat Punto smashed into the pole in Collier Row Lane at around 5.30am on Saturday (November 17) morning, and residents woke up after hearing the “massive bang”.

Two men who were in the car fled the scene, and the damage meant that BT customers close to where the crash happened won’t have any internet until the middle of next week.

Openreach told the Recorder that engineers visited the site after the crash and made it safe.

They said the pole is still standing but is on an angle; in addition the box at the foot of the pole has been destroyed so will need to be rebuilt.


A spokeswoman said: “In order to make the repairs we need traffic management provisions which are in place for Friday (November 23.)

“The work will begin on Friday but will continue for several days.

“We hope to have all customers back in service by the middle of next week.”

One man who lives in Collier Row Lane, said that the wires pulled from his house after the crash have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

He said that eight other houses in the road were also damaged.

Firefighters later attended the scene to cut the wires down and to make the road safe.

The resident added: “The lines are still down and the damage is still visible.

“I’m not a BT customer but I know that those in the street have been left without any internet.”

The eyewitness said the driver and the passenger tried to restart the vehicle before running off, and that buses were stopped by residents to prevent them going through the wires and causing more damage.

The road remained closed for about an hour and the car was removed later that morning.

Police confirmed that no arrests have been made and enquries are ongoing.

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