Traffic

Downed Power Line Closes Part of Cary Parkway

Posted March 22, 2007 2:10 p.m. EDT
Updated March 22, 2007 3:39 p.m. EDT

— Cary Parkway was shut down in both directions for a short time Thursday afternoon after an accident left power lines in the roadway, police said.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Cary Parkway and High Meadow Drive shortly before 2 p.m., police said. A Ford pickup rear-ended a car and crashed into a utility pole, police said.

The pole was knocked down, bringing down the traffic signal and leaving live wires in the roadway, authorities said. Police were directing traffic through the intersection.

Westbound lanes of Cary Parkway were reopened within an hour, as was one eastbound lane. The other eastbound lane was expected to remain closed through the afternoon rush hour.

Motorists needing to access Cary Parkway from U.S. Highway 1/64 are encouraged to take the exits for Tryon Road and U.S. Highway 64 or Walnut Street.

The driver of the pickup truck was injured in the wreck, but his condition was unknown late Thursday afternoon.

Police said the truck also sideswiped a car at the intersection of Cary Parkway and Lake Pine Road before the accident at High Meadow Drive.