UPDATE: A52 blocked by fallen power cables will remain closed for rest of the day

Engineers say the A52 near Boston will remain closed to most of today (Tuesday) after it was blocked this morning by fallen power cables caused by a collision.

The incident was reported around 4.30am this morning when a lorry overturned, demolishing an electricity pole and according to AA traffic reports the A52 is blocked in both directions from Church Road and Spittle Hill Road near Benington and Freiston.

The road has been closed since the early hours of the morning and a Western Power Distribution spokesperson says it will remain closed for much of the day due to complications.

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Drivers have been advised to avoid the area and Western Power engineers have been called to the scene to remove the cables.

The WPD spokesperson said: “As well as carrying an overhead power line, this pole was also connected to the underground cable where it comes out.

"We have to replace the pole, but also part of the cable, which takes some time as it goes underground as well and has complicated matters.”

Engineers have managed to restore power to 120 of the 189 customers who lost power as a result of the collision and generators are being brought to restore electricity to the remaining 69 customers affected soon.

The spokesperson said: “We expect the road to remain closed for much of the day. We apologise for the inconvenience.”

Power cables are blocking the A52 at Benington, while firefighters also attended a fire in a derelict house at Kirton End.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman added: “We were called to reports of a lorry which had overturned and brought down power lines in Wainfleet Road, Freiston at 4.37am this morning. Western Power attended to make the lines safe, and the road has been closed between Church Road and Spittle Hill Road while the incident is dealt with. There was damage only, no injuries.”

They added: “We are no longer on scene and the road closure is being led by Highways so they will have an update on whether it is reopened or not.”

Firefighters were called yesterday (Monday) to a derelict house on fire on Ralph’s Lane at Kirton End.

The ground floor kitchen was severely damaged. It was extinguished by crews from Boston and Kirton using hoses and equipped with breathing apparatus, a thermal imaging camera and short extension ladder.