RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Ashe Avenue off Western Boulevard and near Pullen Park is closed after a man trying to avoid hitting an animal slammed into a power pole and brought the pole and wires down, according to Raleigh police.
The crash happened around 4:15 a.m. on Ashe Avenue off Western Boulevard. Police said a man avoiding an animal ran off the road, slammed on his brakes and then crashed into the power pole, bringing it down. Lines also came down, but utility crews were able to turn them off. Police said the lines were active when the man crashed into the pole.
The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
Ashe Avenue is closed between Western Boulevard and Hillsborough Street.
Duke Energy crews on scene said at the time that Pullen Park was without power, as well as the nearby convenience store on Ashe Avenue. Power was restored around 11:30 a.m. after a new power pole was installed in the ground. After the pole was installed, the cable company checked the lines and made repairs as necessary.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area as it will be closed until all repairs are complete.
Police have not said whether any charges will be filed in the crash.