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Lorry driver hits pylon 'while texting'

A lorry driver sparked a 100 square mile blackout in China when he ploughed into a massive electricity pylon.

The 200ft pylon was left teetering at 45 degrees after Sing Lu, 35, smashed his truck into it in Tianjin, northern China.

He later admitted to police officers that he had been trying to send a text message on his mobile phone at the time of the accident.

"He said afterwards he had been texting on his mobile phone and hadn't been paying attention. Even so, it would be hard not to see something that size," said a police spokesman.

The damage to the pylon created a massive electrical surge which knocked out the local power station, plunging thousands of local homes and businesses into darkness, say officials.

Rescue workers spent five days clearing the debris from the road and electrical engineers took almost a week to restore power.

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