TRAFFIC ALERT: Lanes reopen after damaged power pole, dangling traffic lights create delays at N. College, MLK Blvd.

Updated: Jul. 5, 2019 at 4:11 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - North and southbound lanes on North College Road at the intersection with Martin Luther King Boulevard were closed Friday as crews worked to repair a damaged power pole that left traffic lights in the roadway.

According to a 3:45 p.m. tweet from the Wilmington Fire Department, a truck going through the intersection struck and damaged a power pole connected to several traffic lights.

The driver of the white truck, which was carrying shingles and equipment, said his brakes went out near the intersection and he swerved off the roadway to avoid hitting any vehicles.

North and southbound traffic on North College Road was diverted onto MLK Boulevard while crews conducted repairs. Drivers on MLK Boulevard weren’t allowed to turn onto the northbound lanes of North College Road heading out of town.

By 7:30 p.m., traffic signal repair work was done and normal traffic flow had resumed.

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