Fallen power cables cause Padiham traffic chaos

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Fallen power cables have caused traffic problems around the M65 near Padiham.

Police were forced to shut off the Shuttleworth link road leading to Junction 8 of the motorway after electricity cables came down earlier today.

The A6068 was closed in both directions between the M65 junction and Blackburn Road near the Shuttleworth Mead Business Park.

Electricity North West said engineers were on the scene dealing with the incident.

A spokesman said: “We received reports that a power line was down on Blackburn Road, in Burnley at 10-49am this morning. “Our engineers quickly arrived on site and we are currently working to repair the overhead power lines.

“Power supplies have not been affected, but we may need to switch power off to work on the power lines safely.”