Municipal speedster: lights out in Pelham as council car rampages three electricity poles

2010-10-06 00:00

A VEHICLE registered to the Msunduzi Municipality was reportedly seen speeding down a street in Pelham before ramming into three electricity poles and driving off, leaving many businesses and residents without electricity for the past two days.

The incident allegedly took place on Carey Road on Monday afternoon and electricians who began attending to the area late on Monday were still on site yesterday trying to restore power to the area.

A Pelham resident, who witnessed the incident and spoke to The Witness on condition that their identity be kept under wraps, said he was inside his home when he heard what sounded like a car travelling at a lightning fast speed from outside.

He ran out to investigate and saw a green vehicle speeding down the street.

The witness said he then saw the vehicle run into an electricity pole which was uprooted from the ground upon impact.

“He went into a second pole that broke into two pieces and then went into a third pole which ripped cables off of three properties,” he said.

The observer said the driver drove away, but failed to realise that one of the registration plates was left behind.

“I went to pick it up and it was NPC4130,” he said.

At the time of going to print, the municipality had yet to respond to the incident.

The witness said there must have been approximately 20 m of electricity cables left on the road after the driver drove off and large parts of the suburb have been without electricity since Monday afternoon.

“An electrician on site said it was likely to come back on [this afternoon],” said the resident.

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