Crash causes power outage; traffic, Wake Tech disrupted
Posted June 5, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.