Driver crashes vehicle into business near NC coast

Darrian Hamric photo via WECT

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) — A vehicle apparently slammed into a Pender County business Monday morning.

The accident happened around 11:30 a.m. on US 17 between Averys and Williams Store roads in the Hampstead area.

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A photo submitted by a viewer shows a vehicle after it crashed into Hampstead Furniture and Mattress. A light pole was also damaged in the wreck leaving power lines laying across US 17.

It’s unclear if anyone was hurt or how many vehicles were involved.

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According to Tommy Batson, assistant director for Pender County Emergency Management, Duke Energy crews are on scene and are working to fix the light pole. As of 2:30 p.m., Duke Energy outage maps indicate over 400 people are without power in the area.

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Batson said US 17 is closed in both directions as crews work to clear the scene. Drivers should avoid the area entirely. Batson said US 17 will likely reopen to traffic around 3 or 3:30 p.m.

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