Thousands plunged into darkness after car fatally ploughs into engineer – 'major incident'


Due to the fatal collision, up to 2,000 homes were left without power in the Rochdale area. Electricity North West was forced to turn off power supplies in the immediate area due to the collision. They also confirmed one of their engineers died following the crash, while the other was seriously injured.

A spokesperson for Electricity North West added: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that the serious road traffic incident in Littleborough this afternoon has resulted in the fatality of one of our colleagues, and injury to another, who were working on site.

“Customers’ power supplies were removed in the area for safety reasons while we supported emergency services.

“Our thoughts are with our colleagues’ families and friends at this tragic time.”

According to Greater Manchester Police, the immediate area was left without electricity for four hours.

Officers were called to the incident in Littleborough at 11.47am on Sunday morning.

As of 6.20pm, the police confirmed power supplies had been restored.

Initial police enquiries established the vehicle had come off the road and collided with the two engineers.

No arrests have been made at this point, the Manchester Evening News reports.

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Superintendent Arif Nawaz, GMPs tactical commander, said: “This has been a terrible incident and our thoughts are very much with the family and friends who have lost their loved one in tragic circumstances.

“As a result of this incident, around 2000 homes and businesses in the area were without electricity for around four hours and a major incident response was declared.

“Electricity North West have confirmed at 6.20pm this evening that only around 60 properties are now affected by the power outage which is due to be resolved within the next couple of hours.

“GMP have been working together with the local authority and other partner agencies to support those who are most vulnerable in this situation.

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“Emergency services remain at the scene and Featherstall Road remains closed.”

Residents in the local areas spoke of their horror at seeing the incident unfold.

Jess said: “I didn’t see it, but I heard it.

“There were just people screaming – it was not very nice.

“I knew one guy had died – I saw his body being brought out.



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