Taxi brings down transformer, power lines in southeast Raleigh

Posted November 28, 2018 5:10 a.m. EST
Updated November 28, 2018 6:51 a.m. EST

— Power has been restored to most of the 1,600 customers impacted after a taxi struck a utility pole in southeast Raleigh on Wednesday, but major intersections remain affected.

Officials said a taxi cab crashed into a utility pole near the 1700 block of MLK Jr. Boulevard near the Raleigh Boulevard intersection. The crash brought down a transformer and power lines.

The driver of the cab did not suffer major injuries, officials said. Charges are pending.

MLK was closed between Dacian Road and Raleigh Boulevard, and officials said traffic lights were out at the Raleigh Boulevard/MLK intersection as well as on Rock Quarry Road at the intersections of Sanderford Road, Cross Link Road, I-440 and Raleigh Boulevard.

Duke Energy reported that at least 1,602 customers were without power at 5 a.m. in the area near MLK and Rock Quarry Road. By 6:30 a.m., the map showed 50 customers without power.

1,600 without power after crash in southeast Raleigh

The road could be closed for several hours, impacting the morning commute, officials told WRAL News. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.