I-440 reopens after downed power lines stall traffic

Posted April 18, 2011 6:17 p.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2011 9:10 p.m. EDT

Traffic in both directions on Interstate 440 came to a halt Monday during the evening rush hour when power lines fell across the travel lanes, Raleigh police said. The lines were draped across lanes near milemarker 12, between the New Bern Avenue and Glenwood Avenue exits.

The highway reopened a short time later, police said.

A Progress Energy spokeswoman said that a construction truck snagged the wire as it passed underneath, pulling down the power lines and snapping a support pole. A few customers were without power in the immediate area.