Sep 20 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
PHONE lines were cut off in 15 homes for three days after a refuse truck struck a telegraph pole.
An employee of Veolia Environmental Services had been reversing the vehicle out of Allonby Gardens, a cul-de-sac in South Kenton, on Friday last week, when it collided with the pole.
The road was blocked for more than two hours and some homeowners were unable to reach their properties from about 9am to noon.
A spokeswoman for BT said they believed 15 customers were affected and the pole was still in place, but a cable had been severed so engineers had to be called to rectify the damage.
Customers were still without a phone line on Monday evening and repairs were completed on Tuesday. Veolia said it was conducting a full investigation.
One eyewitness said: “I heard a loud bang and saw that the truck had reversed into the pole.
“He looked like a young driver, but the road was blocked for two hours
“I don’t know what they were doing.
“No cars were damaged or anything like that.”
A Veolia Environmental Services spokeswoman said: “On Friday, September 14, at approximately 9am one of our refuse collection vehicles was involved in an incident in Allonby Gardens, South Kenton, where it struck a telegraph pole. Nobody was injured.
“We are currently conducting a full investigation into the causes of this incident.”