Contractors working in the Docklands area of London managed to cut through a major fibre optic cable.
This happened in the Yeo Street area, at a site run by provider Global crossing.
The accident forced local businesses and internet service providers to reroute their internet traffic.
The main ISPs affected were O2 and Be Broadband; their customers were affected by very slow speeds because of the amount of traffic being forced through the alternative routes.
Fortunately the problem could be repaired fairly fast; the beauty of an accident happening in the business heartland of the capital.
The Docklands area of London is a centre for ISP peering points and data centres, yet regardless of the technology a worker digging up the road can still throw it all into chaos.