Slug causes traffic lights to fail

07/09/2011
Traffic was brought to a standstill by a slug when it crawled into a traffic light and shorted the circuit board.

Council engineers were called to a busy junction in Darlington, County Durham, when the lights failed last week.

When they opened the control box in Whinfield Road, engineers discovered the dead slug.

Councillor Chris McEwan said: "Somehow the slug managed to infiltrate the control mechanism, sit on the circuit board and then it got fried.

"We don't know how long the slug had been there.

"Unfortunately, it was dead by the time we found it, so we were unable to question it.

"Sadly, you just can't legislate for a rogue slug trying to take out Darlington's traffic system."

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