TRAFFIC ALERT: Tractor-trailer hits power lines, causes outages and delays along U.S. 17 in Hampstead area

RAW VIDEO: Wreck on Hwy. 17 near Hampstead knocks out power, causes traffic delays

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The driver of a tractor-trailer has been charged after hitting some power lines and causing an outage and traffic delays along U.S. 17 in the Hampstead area Wednesday morning.

Shortly before 6 a.m., a tractor-trailer was traveling southbound on U.S. 17 near Country Club Road when its load became unsecured and hit some power lines, according to Trooper Sutton with the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Subsequent tractor-trailers struck the low-hanging lines, tearing them off and causing a power outage that affected nearly 2,000 people.

Duke Energy crews were forced to close lanes on U.S. 17, causing heavy traffic backups, as they worked to repair the lines and restore power

As of 11:30 a.m., power has been restored to nearly all the affected residents, according to online outage maps.

The driver of the first tractor-trailer was charged with having an overheight vehicle, according to Trooper Sutton.

No injuries were reported.

According to the Duke Energy outage map, 1,987 customers are without power in the area. The estimated restoration time is 8 a.m. Duke Energy says the outage was “caused by a vehicle damaging our equipment.”
According to the Duke Energy outage map, 1,987 customers are without power in the area. The estimated restoration time is 8 a.m. Duke Energy says the outage was “caused by a vehicle damaging our equipment.” (Source: WECT)

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