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PUBLISHED: 16:56 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:51 23 August 2010

Gravesend
09-06-08
A skip lorry knocked some power cables onto a car and smashed the windscreen and the skip company are refusing to pay for damage.
Louis Kapsalis and his family

Gravesend 09-06-08 A skip lorry knocked some power cables onto a car and smashed the windscreen and the skip company are refusing to pay for damage. Louis Kapsalis and his family

WORKMEN battled for five hours to restore electricity to homes after power cables came crashing down. Father of five Louis Kapsalis, 48, a floor layer, of The Drive, Longfield, said it was lucky nobody was killed when the live cables fell on to his prope

WORKMEN battled for five hours to restore electricity to homes after power cables came crashing down.

Father of five Louis Kapsalis, 48, a floor layer, of The Drive, Longfield, said it was lucky nobody was killed when the live cables fell on to his property.

He was called by his daughter Joanne, 24, a trainee chef, at 4pm last Thursday who told him there had been an accident outside their house.

He rushed home to find two snapped electric cables dangling on his yard.

The cables were severed when the driver of a skip lorry, who was dropping off at a house nearby, extended the arms of the vehicle into them forcing them to break.

Mr Kapsalis said: "It was lucky no-one was hurt. There are a lot of mums who walk along there with their children after school. If it had happened half-an-hour earlier the wires coming down could have killed someone.

"The charred cables were right outside the front of my house."

They crashed onto a Vauxhall Tigra owned by Miss Kapsalis' friend, Danielle Fenn, 22, a baker, from Tilbury in Essex, who was visiting the house, smashing the front windscreen and badly scratching the paintwork.

Miss Fenn said: "The electricity company said to me if I was getting into the car at the time I could have been killed. The wires were still live."

EDF energy, the owner of the cables, sent out an engineer to deal with the accident straight away but 30 homes were left without electricity for more than five hours.

A spokesperson for EDF Energy said: "Two of our engineers were on the scene within an hour. They worked through the evening in order to make the area safe and restore supplies to customers. They had power again at 9.10pm and repairs were completed at 9.55pm."

The skip lorry was owned by Pinden Quarries Ltd of Longfield. A spokesperson for Pinden Quarries said the details of the accident have been forwarded to their insurance company who will be dealing with any monetary matters.

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