TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill in Lancaster city centre at lunchtime today, Tuesday, after a workman drilled through an electric cable.
Work was being carried out in Penny Street when the man hit the 11,000 volt line with a shovel, causing a small explosion.
He was not seriously injured and was able to walk to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for treatment.
A second workman, who had been controlling an excavator, also attended the hospital.
The incident caused the traffic lights at the junction with Thurnham Street, South Road and Alcliffe Road to fail, causing severe traffic problems.
Firefighters who had been called to the scene made the area safe and then helped direct traffic until the police arrived.
Traffic was back to normal after about an hour.
Electricity North West were also called out to assess the damage caused.