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Downed utility line closes part of Capital Boulevard

Posted April 2, 2014

— A portion of Capital Boulevard was closed in both directions for about an hour Wednesday afternoon when a utility line fell across the roadway.

The incident happened just before noon at Falls of Neuse Road near Wake Forest. 

Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said traffic was diverted to secondary roads as crews worked to clear the line. All lanes reopened shortly before 1 p.m.

Bill Crabtree, a spokesman with the town of Wake Forest, said the line fell after an oversized truck snagged it near South Main Street.

It appeared the line caught fire, burning part of the grassy median in the area.


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  • trianglerelic Apr 2, 2014

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    Yes, it's probably considered US1 once you get up to Wake Forest, NC. It's a bit confusing since there is a Wake Forest Road too.

  • Marciana Paul Apr 2, 2014
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    I'm confused it said capital blvd was closed , but the incident happened at Falls of Neuse near wake Forest????

  • Phyxius1 Apr 2, 2014

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    The truck actually wasn't stopped under the lines by truck but for a brief minute when a officer talked to them and they proceeded on. They let him through the road block and at 6:05 in video he slowly stops there by electric truck and at 6:50 he rolls on..

  • Jenny Debane Apr 2, 2014
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    While people are looking at this article, and this area of town, can we PLEASE convince our county/state elected officials to make MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS to this intersection? It is a disaster at all 4 directions. Always.

  • TVs_Deceit Apr 2, 2014

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    Safety measure - solid block of through traffic - protects the utility workers ect.

  • Wacky_dood Apr 2, 2014

    It sounds as though lives were placed at risk and thousands were inconvenienced by this act. If it was truly an accident, then I guess no harm. If the accident was the result of negligence, I hope the party or parties involved are punished.

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 2, 2014

    Why is there a dump truck parked under the utility worker? Is that in case he falls out?