A driver was seriously injured early Sunday morning in a Providence Road crash that knocked out power in parts of southeast Mecklenburg County.
The crash was reported about 3:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of Providence Road. That is at Rutledge Avenue, about halfway between Sharon Amity and Fairview roads.
Police say a car overturned and slammed into a power pole, knocking it down. Police closed a portion of Providence Road for several hours until Duke Energy crews were able to make repairs.
The driver was taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries described as potentially life-threatening. Several hundred customers lost power for a few hours on the coldest night of the season so far.
About the same time, hundreds of Duke Energy customers in Matthews lost power for several hours. It was not clear Sunday afternoon if the Matthews outage was related to the crash on Providence Road.