Driver charged after wreck forces closure of US 401 in Garner

Posted October 8, 2015

Authorities shut down all lanes of U.S. Highway 401 at Mechanical Boulevard in Garner early Thursday after a vehicle hit a power pole and sent power lines into the road.
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— A 19-year-old Raleigh man was charged with DWI and reckless driving Thursday after a wreck that shut down U.S. Highway 401 in Garner throughout the morning commute.

Luis Rene Ruiz Olivia, of 5811 Horse Shoe Drive, is charged with driving while impaired, provisional driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving.

Authorities say Olivia slammed into a power pole at about 3 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 401 and Mechanical Boulevard, causing power lines to fall into the roadway.

Olivia and a passenger in his pickup truck were taken to WakeMed. The passenger's name has not been released, but authorities said Olivia and the passenger were conscious when they were taken to the hospital.

Power was out in the area following the wreck, including at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and Mechanical Boulevard. Lights at that intersection were restored a short time after the wreck, but those at U.S. 401 and Mechanical were still out after 5 a.m.

U.S. 401, which is heavily used during the morning commute into Raleigh, was closed throughout the morning commute and reopened at about 10:50 a.m.


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  • Billy Gray Oct 8, 2015
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    Where does it say he was undocumented?

  • David Collins Oct 8, 2015
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    So "Undocumented" immigrants crash into the power lines that US citizens refuse to?

  • Greg Magnus Oct 8, 2015
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    Was riding along listening to Casey doing traffic on Mix 101.5 saying it was a smooth morning and WHAM!! I was on Lake Wheeler and traffic was crazy, so I turned up Simpkins Rd. to hit 401 and found out the hard way WHY it was a disaster, so I turned right and took 540, can I send this pain in the rear my toll bill for causing me to have to take that road?

  • Billy Gray Oct 8, 2015
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    Traffic was absolutely nuts. It took me an extra hour to get to work. It's a shame we can't charge people for lost productivity in criminal / negligence cases like this.

  • Cabe Merritt Oct 8, 2015
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    The traffic this morning was absolutely crazy! I had to turn around and go back home.