Video: Staxton left without phones and internet after crash demolishes roadside cabinet

Villagers in Staxton are without phone landlines and internet after a crash last night demolished the village's phone cabinet, beside the A64.

By Steve Bambridge
Thursday, 26th March 2020, 9:42 am
Updated Thursday, 26th March 2020, 9:44 am

The crash happened at about 11pm, when a vehicle, thought to be a Seat Leon, came off the A64 near the traffic lights at the bottom of Staxton Hill.

It is unclear whether anyone was injured.

The car went through the hedge at the end of Chris Napthine's garden.

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The cabinet was destroyed

Today, Mr Napthine, of Wains Lane, Staxton, said: "I didn't hear anything last night, the first I knew was when I got up today.

"People on the village Facebook page were saying their internet was off and their kids were tearing their hair out."

Staff with digital network business Openreach were today assessing the damage. It is thought it will take a few days, at least, to restore the lines.

"Looking at the thousands of wires going into it, it's going to be off for quite a while," said Mr Napthine. "We've got good 4G so some people will be OK.

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"It will affect a lot of homeworkers in the village, but that's the least of everyone's problems at the moment," he said.

"I'm a self employed horse dentist so I've had to stop work because of the lockdown."