Lanes of Raleigh’s Wake Forest Road reopen after crash takes down power lines

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — An early morning single-vehicle crash that took down power lines has closed lanes of Wake Forest Road in Raleigh Monday, police said.

A car turned on its side and slammed into a power pole on Wake Forest Road (Justin Quesinberry/CBS North Carolina)

The crash left low-hanging power lines in the area of Wake Forest Road and Navaho Drive, police said.

Just after 2 p.m., all inbound lanes as well as one outbound lane had been opened to traffic. Navaho Drive between Wake Forest Road and Executive Drive remains closed.

The owner of Denny’s, Jon Lussier, said they had almost no customers Monday morning and decided to close.

“We’ve had, since I’ve been here at 6 a.m., we’ve had one customer that’s come to the parking lot to the door. So, nobody else has come to the door. So, we figured we have all the booths take out and [we’re] cleaning all in the area,” he said.

The crash, which occurred around 5:30 a.m., knocked out power in the area. CBS North Carolina’s studio and building lost power for about 20 seconds shortly after the crash.

Duke Energy said that 72 customers were impacted by the outage caused by the crash. Power was restored by 10:30 a.m., except for the traffic signal at the intersection, according to a company spokeswoman.

A new power pole arrived at the scene around 8:30 a.m. (Justin Quesinberry/CBS North Carolina)

Video from the scene showed a white work van on its side leaning against a power pole. Police said no on was injured in the wreck, but have not specified if they will be facing charges in the crash.

A replacement power pole arrived at the scene around 8:30 a.m. and was installed by 10:30 a.m.

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