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Crash causes power outage; traffic, Wake Tech disrupted

Posted June 5, 2013

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— A cement truck snagged power lines in Raleigh Wednesday, bringing down a power pole and knocking out service to the surrounding area including Wake Tech's north campus.

Police said Christopher Lee Faison, 52, of 1101 Moonvalley Lane in Knightdale, was making the turn from Louisburg Road into a driveway near Fox Road, when he clipped the cables overhead. They pulled down the pole and one wire fell on a  

The community college canceled classes for the rest of the day and evening. Classes will resume as scheduled Thursday morning, said college spokeswoman Laurie Clowers. Classes on other Wake Tech campuses were unaffected.

Duke Energy Progress was showing about 1,700 customers without power along and west of Louisburg Road where it intersects Interstate 540. The utility estimated all power would be restored by 5 p.m.

According to Raleigh police, a cement truck hit a power pole at Louisburg and Fox roads just after 10 a.m. The intersection was closed while crews cleared the pole and worked to restore power.

Drivers headed were being detoured from Louisburg onto Fox Road to reach U.S. Highway 401.

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  • tgiv Jun 5, 2013

    Well, they did take their time. I was in the area at 5:30, and 401 was still closed between Spring Forest and northern intersection of Fox Road. It was a fairly tight traffic situation for that whole section of town as 401 traffic was forced up Spring Forest in one direction and Fox Road in the other.

  • Homeward Jun 5, 2013

    When I came off 540 around 11:20 to a dead light (to turn left!) it was amazing to me how careful all the cars at the intersection were, especially as no one was directing traffic. So glad there weren't collateral accidents, and nobody was hurt.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 5, 2013

    Duke should take their time fixing this. Seeing that people have such strong objections to paying their bills, they should be happy the power is out and that saves them money off their bill.

  • happy2.0 Jun 5, 2013

    They had 401 completely shut down over lunch. Not sure if it still is. You had to detour at Fox.

  • MyOwnTwoCents Jun 5, 2013

    Power is out at River Bend Elementary too, but school is carrying on.