Truck slams into utility pole in Durham, knocking out power to thousands briefly

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Thousands without power after truck slams into utility pole in Durham
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A white truck veered off E Cornwallis Road and crashed into a power pole, knocking out electricity to thousands of Duke Energy customers.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A truck crashed into a power pole in Durham.

It happened just before 10:30 a.m. on E Cornwallis Road between Fayetteville Street and Apex Highway.

E Cornwallis Road had to close because utility lines were sprawled across the street. Duke Energy also reported more than 1,000 people in the area lost power. Crews were able to restore it hours later.

It's unclear at this time what caused the truck to veer off the road and crash into the utility pole. A second vehicle was damaged in the crash, but it appears that vehicle was hit by the falling pole, not by the truck.

None of the people involved in the crash were injured.