Driver cut power to 300 homes by crashing into substation

Stewart Watson lost control of his car and smashed through a brick wall.

Driver cut power to 300 homes by crashing into substation Tim Bugler
Stewart Watson: Driver was banned from the road and fined £450.

A driver caused a power cut for 300 homes after losing control of his car and colliding with an electricity substation.

Stewart Watson, 34, smashed his Vauxhall Corsa through a brick wall before colliding with the high-voltage station in Grangemouth.

Falkirk Sheriff Court heard the car initially struck a kerb before mounting a grass verge as Watson failed to regain control.

The force of the impact with tore the substation from the ground and it then caught fire.

The court heard that “resulted in an electricity outage in 300 surrounding properties”.

The accident happened in the early hours of April 13, 2019, at Allan Court.

Watson, of Grangemouth, pleaded guilty to careless driving and was banned from driving for nine months. He was also fined £450.