A RUNAWAY trailer smashed down powerlines, triggering an emergency.
Shocked neighbours startled by the noise of the crash in Cale Lane found live high voltage cables sparking in their gardens.
The incident left more than 30 homes without power for a day as engineers battled to re-instate cabling.
Police closed the road until Electricity North West (ENW) engineers had safely shut down the power and isolated the damaged section near the junction with Farm Lane.
Now residents have joined forces with ward councillor John Hilton to demand a mandatory 20mph speed limit be imposed on the road, which carries heavy traffic to Kirkless Hall Industrial estate and has been the focus of a long running community campaign.
The vehicle at the centre of the crash was privately owned and carrying a car to the scrap dealerships at the end of the route.
The trailer became detached from the car pulling it and careered into wire ropes securing an electricity pole, partially toppling it.
Coun Hilton said: “This trailer seems to have broken away and hit the post, bringing down the electricity cables. Residents say that the vehicle appeared to be going too fast. I am now trying to get the whole of Cale Lane as a mandatory 20mph route which will such a lot safer for everyone who lives here.”
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police, who attended the incident, said that they were still investigating the circumstances and ownership of the vehicle.
A spokesman for ENW said: “Initially 12 customers lost power to their homes as a result of the accident. We needed to cut the power to another 24 homes to carry out the repair, which was caused after a vehicle damaged a fixed power post.”
Power was returned five hours later.