Shul-goer hurt in Ken­ton blast

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

A KEN­TON Synagogue con­gre­gant re­quired surgery af­ter be­ing “thrown up into the air” by an ex­plod­ing man­hole cover as he walked home from Shab­bat lunch.

Colin Win­gate, 74, suf­fered se­vere in­juries to his right knee when the cover of an elec­tri­cal junc­tion box on a Ken­ton side street flew up and sev­ered his ten­don. A friend walk­ing be­side him sus­tained cuts and bruises.

“The ex­plo­sion was like noth­ing I have ever heard be­fore,” he said. “There was a huge noise and this four­foot long ob­ject flew up into the air. Be­cause I was stand­ing on it, it took me with it.

“The next thing I knew I was spread­ea­gled on the floor cov­ered in blood. I was, to say the least, very con­fused. I was in a lot of pain as well.”

Po­lice, fire­men and emer­gency work­ers ar­rived on the scene and Mr Win­gate was taken to hos­pi­tal.

He un­der­went surgery on Mon­day, hav­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial ten­don in­serted into his knee. He re­mains un­able to walk more than a few me­tres.

Now liv­ing in Bournemouth, Mr Win­gate may have to stay near his son in Ken­ton while he re­cov­ers.

A spokes­woman for UK Power Net­work said the cause of the ex­plo­sion was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. “We deeply re­gret the in­juries sus­tained by two mem­bers of the pub­lic fol­low­ing a fault on our un­der­ground elec­tric­ity.”

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