A lorry driver is “lucky to be alive” after crashing into 33,000-volt power lines.

The tipper lorry crashed into the power lines earlier this month, prompting Electricity North West engineers to be called to the site because of a power cut.

As well as impacting the power network, the current from the lines travelled through the vehicle and burst three tyres.

No injuries were sustained and engineers worked quickly to make the network safe again.

Despite the lucky escape, Electricity North West’s asset and investment director Paul Killilea said it could have been very different.

He said: “This is an incredibly serious incident and I can’t stress enough how fortunate the driver was to walk away unharmed.

“Luckily, we’re only dealing with three burst tyres and a power cut, but this could have been far worse. The driver is lucky to be alive.

“This should be a warning to everyone who drives large vehicles, whether that be HGV tippers or tractors, to look out and look up. You must be aware of your surroundings and by being aware and switched on, these sorts of incidents can be avoided.”

After the incident, which happened in Skelmersdale, Electricity North West engineers investigated the overhead lines and found they were fully compliant with safety and engineering standards.

Following the incident, the network operator has reiterated its safety advice for everyone, to look out, look up, and stay away from the electricity network.

Mr Killilea added: “I urge people to take note of our yellow ‘danger of death’ signs on our electricity poles, pylons, and substations. Keep an eye on your surroundings and stay clear of the power network.”

Parents and guardians are also asked to warn their youngsters of the dangers, including not to use items or equipment such as kites or long tent poles near overhead lines as electricity can jump from the lines and travel down directly to the person holding them, causing serious injury or even worse.

Anglers are asked to look out for overhead lines when casting and if people lose a ball or frisbee in a substation, they are urged not to retrieve it.

Anybody who sees anything dangerous in or around the power network can call Electricity North West on 105. For more safety advice, including a safety game for kids, go to www.enwl.co.uk/safety.