CHARD NEWS: Car crashes into house – properties left without power

CHARD NEWS: Car crashes into house – properties left without power

HOMES were left without electricity in Chard on Sunday evening (January 7, 2018) after a car crashed into a house in part of the town.

The incident happened at just before 4pm and the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was notified that a car had driven into a house and disrupted the gas lines in Bryer Close.

Firefighters from Chard and Axminster were mobilised along with an environmental protection unit from Taunton and an operational assurance officer.

A Fire Service spokesman said: “Our crews confirmed that one car had hit a porch on and end-of-terrace property rupturing one gas main.

“Crews got to work creating cordons and liaising with the police. The gas board was requested to attend.”

Western Power was also asked to attend due to an electricity box in the property being involved in the collision.

By 5.30pm the electricity had been isolated in the cordoned off area and crews were at work attempting to remove the car from the front of the home using a winch.

“Electricity in the Bryer Close and Lordleaze area was effected,” said the Fire Service spokesman and said it would be off for between “two-to-three hours.”

By 6.45pm the Fire Service had left the scene with the vehicle having been removed from the building and other agencies having isolated gas and electrics.