Tractor crashes into power lines in Oxfordshire

A tractor carrying farm equipment crashed into electricity lines causing 5,000 homes near Oxford to lose power.

Several villages including North Hinksey, Stanton Harcourt, Aston, Chimney and Standlake lost their electricity in Wednesday's accident.

The equipment pulled by the tractor hit high voltage overhead cables, Southern Electric Power Distribution said.

A recent similar incident near Bracknell cut power to almost 3,000 homes.

Ewen Christie, the electricity company's regional operations manager, said: "If a vehicle even comes near an overhead line, it is a recipe for potential tragedy.

"With darkness falling much earlier now, and operatives getting tired, it can be very easy to miss obstacles such as power lines or electricity poles.

"People must remember that electricity can jump through the air, so it's crucial that anyone operating agricultural equipment is aware of the optimum height to which they can extend their equipment."

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