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Underground cable blast injures two

05 October 2011

Two people have been taken to hospital suffering from burns after a faulty underground cable set off a series of small explosions.

Crewe railway station
Crewe railway station

The man and woman were treated at Leighton Hospital for arm and facial injuries after the blasts near Crewe railway station in Cheshire. Manhole covers were blown off in the incident in Nantwich Road. An investigation into the cause of the explosion has started, although British Transport Police has said that it was believed to have been sparked by a combination of underground gas and electricity supplies.

It caused a power failure that led to the railway station being temporarily closed while emergency services made the area safe. Passengers experienced delays as trains were held outside the station.

A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said: "At this time police have no information to suggest anything suspicious has happened and are working with British Transport Police and utility companies to establish the cause."

Scottish Power said the faulty cable belonged to the company and that 3,000 properties in the area around Crewe station lost power, but it has since been restored.

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