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Classes at Wake Tech resume after power outage

Posted March 10, 2009

— A pickup truck hit a pole along U.S. Highway 401 in Wake County Tuesday, knocking out power to the immediate area, including Wake Technical Community College, and closing the highway.

Wake Tech initially canceled afternoon classes until 5 p.m. because of the power outage, but spokeswoman Laurie Clowers said power had been restored by 1:30 p.m. and the schedule had returned to normal.

State troopers and fire personnel were investigating the wreck. The number and extent of injuries was not released.

Troopers said the pickup was headed toward Fuquay-Varina when it hit  the pole, then ran into a tree. Power lines that fell sparked a fire in the median, but firefighters put that out quickly.

Utility crews estimated it would take several hours to reset the pole.

Northbound traffic was being diverted onto Banks Road, and southbound traffic was routed through a nearby parking lot to get around the repair work.


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  • KniftyKnitter Mar 10, 2009

    I got caught in the re-route......it took me almost a full hour to get from Fuquay to Garner. It was a big pain in the rear!!!

  • Here kitty kitty Mar 10, 2009

    Highvolt...write to Dr. Scott or Dean Ryan at the Main Campus at 9101 Fayetteville Rd. Somebody screwed up big time!! Students who missed have been told they will not have to make up the classes.

  • baconricky Mar 10, 2009

    Sure, bright clear weather is the bane of most drivers.

  • highvoltage4lyfe Mar 10, 2009

    the school said that the classes were resumed at 1:30 why did the CAT bus systems say differently. i was waiting for the busses and they said that classes wernt resumed till 5 pm. i was at wake tech waiting to go home for the day and both of the people who i could get rides from were working all day. is their anyway i can write a formal complaint about this?
    ive called them and they hung up. i asked to talk to a supervisor and they refused. if anyone can tell me where to write a complaint about this please do so

  • Jakester Mar 10, 2009

    dcatz - yes that's her
    Milky - what weather?

  • dcatz Mar 10, 2009

    Is this the same Laurie Clowers that used to be an anchor on WRAL?

  • .Milky Mar 10, 2009

    I wonder if weather was a contributing factor in the accident.