Northbound US 401 near I-540 reopens after transformer falls from truck

The scene where US 401 is closed. Photo by AJ Janavel/CBS North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Traffic was backed up in northeast Raleigh after a key highway was partially closed for more than two hours during rush hour Tuesday afternoon, officials say.

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The incident was reported just after 4:30 p.m. at U.S. Highway 401 (Louisburg Road) and Spring Forest Road, which is just south of I-540.

According to North Carolina DOT, northbound lanes of U.S. 401 were closed at Spring Forest Road.

Photo by AJ Janavel/CBS North Carolina

Around 5:40 p.m. one northbound lane reopened, but traffic was closed again around 6:10 p.m. when a sand truck arrived on the scene.

By 6:30 p.m., all but one lane was reopened.

The road was closed after a utility truck traveling in the area had a transformer fall from the truck.

The transformer spilled oil and crews were working to clean up the area.

 

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