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Durham road reopened after downed power line

Posted September 25, 2008

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— Power crews were working on Garrett Road on Thursday morning to repair electrical lines pulled down by a school bus, city officials said.

Garrett Road at Old Chapel Hill Road was closed for several hours while the repairs were being made.

A downed tree limb had caused power lines to sag early Thursday. When a school bus drove by, one of its mirrors caught the lines and pulled down a power pole, police said. The power lines also scraped the top of a Durham Area Transit Authority bus that was passing.

No injuries were reported. The children on the bus that snagged the wire were transported to school on another bus. There were no passengers on the DATA bus, officials said.

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  • sww Sep 25, 2008

    Well that clears that up. We drove past that area at 7am this morning and could not figure out what had happened. There was "crime scene" tape pulled across the road in front of the school bus and lots of "officials" around the bus. We did note that the DATA bus was stopped at the side of the road as well. I didn't see any powerline though, so it looked like some other sort of trouble.

  • Huey Sep 25, 2008

    School Bus power! First time I heard of one pulling a power pole out of the ground.

  • Broker - Back from Lurking Sep 25, 2008

    d'oh!