Investigation Begins After Two People Suffer Burns In ‘Cable Explosion’

Expert Calls For Safety Reassurances

29.09.2011

British Transport Police and other authorities are working to determine what caused a series of explosions near Crewe Railway Station which left two people with arm and facial injuries.

It is thought that a faulty underground electrical cable may have led to the incident, which also caused a power failure that meant the station was temporarily closed on Wednesday evening (September 28th).

Scottish Power has since confirmed the cable suspected to be behind the blasts belongs to the company and revealed around 3,000 properties also lost power around the time of the problems.

David Urpeth, a Partner and specialist in public liability claims at Irwin Mitchell, said it is vital that answers are provided over what happened.

He outlined: “Safety concerns have clearly been raised by this incident and it is vital that Scottish Power works with the relevant authorities to examine how the cable fault both emerged and subsequently caused the problems seen.

“It is obviously worrying when members of the public are harmed and every effort needs to be made to assess whether any safety failings may have been behind the issue.

“Ultimately, we hope that lessons can be learnt in the aftermath of these explosions which will ensure the same problems are not repeated either in Cheshire or anywhere else.”