Fallen tree knocks out power on Western Blvd. in Raleigh
Posted March 25, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A large tree fell Tuesday morning on Western Boulevard in Raleigh, pulling down a primary power line and causing an outage along a portion of the roadway.
Duke Energy Progress confirmed the tree fell shortly before 11 a.m., knocking out electricity for about 200 customers between Gorman Street and Hunt Drive.
Raleigh police said the oak fell between Pullen Park and Ashe Avenue. The eastbound lanes of Western Boulevard were blocked, and traffic was diverted. Police said a car crash nearby at Avent Ferry Road and Athens Drive was unrelated to the outage. That crash involved an overturned vehicle, and non-life-threatening injuries were reported.
Crews were on the scene within minutes to begin clearing the road and restore power, but the eastbound lanes were still blocked through the evening commute. Police said there was a problem removing one of three utility poles that broke when the tree fell.