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Broken Knightdale water main linked to power outage, traffic back-up

Posted May 7, 2018 2:34 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:20 a.m. EDT

— Motorists driving in Knightdale were urged to use caution Monday afternoon after a water main line sent gushing water several feet in the air, police said.

Crews had to interrupt electricity in the area while authorities worked to repair the water main, which caused an outage of several traffic lights in the area, including one at busy Knightdale Boulevard between Interstate 540 and Smithfield Road, police said.

Knightdale water main accident

"Please avoid Knightdale Boulevard at this time and use extreme caution if you must travel in the area," police tweeted.

No injuries have been reported. It was not clear if police have issued any citations in connection with the incident.

Police said as of 1:15 p.m. Monday that westbound lanes of Knightdale Boulevard were impacted by the accident. Authorities also said that the I-540 ramp to eastbound Knightdale Boulevard would be closed until the traffic back-up has eased.

Electricity to the area was expected to be restored shortly before 5 p.m., police said.

Editor's note: Authorities originally said that the water main break was caused by a dump truck hitting a fire hydrant, but later corrected this information.