Five-car crash in Potters Bar takes out BT box and next week’s internet

PUBLISHED: 13:02 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:14 22 February 2018

One of the damaged cars. Picture: supplied

One of the damaged cars. Picture: supplied


Some Potters Bar homes may be without internet until next week following a crash last Friday involving five cars and a BT connection box.

One of the cars involved in the collision. Picture: Caroline GriffinOne of the cars involved in the collision. Picture: Caroline Griffin

One of the cars hit some ice and ploughed into the street-level BT connection box and a garden wall at 7.26am last Friday February 16, leaving a pile of rubble on the pavement.

At least two cars have been badly damaged.

A spokesperson for the police said: “There don’t appear to be any serious injuries and ambulance did not attend.”

BT has had workers out fixing the box over the weekend and many houses’ services are back, but the full repairs may not be complete until February 28.

The leftovers of the BT box. Picture: suppliedThe leftovers of the BT box. Picture: supplied

A spokesperson for BT’s Openreach said: “The cabinet was completely destroyed in this incident causing loss of telephony and broadband to some people in the area.

“Engineers have been working as quickly as possible to restore services, but because of the extent of the damage this is incredibly complex and time-consuming work.

“The majority of people will now have their services restored but there are still 80 reported faults associated with this incident to clear.

“Services will continue to return as work progresses but it is possible it will be 28th before absolutely everyone is restored.”

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