Slug sparks road chaos in English town

14th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

A "rogue slug" sparked travel chaos in an English town after it crawled into a traffic light and caused a short circuit, officials said on Wednesday.

Cars were brought to a standstill at a busy junction in Darlington, northeast England, when the lights failed on Friday.

Engineers from the local authority were called out to investigate and discovered the dead creature when they opened the traffic light's control box.

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

"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."

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

The traffic light has been resealed and is working again.

© 2011 AFP

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