Part of Carmel Road was closed for several hours Friday after a late-morning accident felled power lines and set a tree-trimming truck on fire.
The wreck also knocked out power to more than 2,200 Duke Energy customers for more than two hours, disrupting service at area businesses and causing the daycare center at an area church to move children to another site.
The accident occurred around 11 a.m. in the 1800 block of Carmel Road, which is near the athletic fields for Charlotte Country Day School.
The accident damaged a power pole in the area, which caused lines to fall on the crane. The tree-trimming truck caught fire, destroying the vehicle. The fire was extinguished within a couple of hours, according to the Charlotte Fire Department.
At least one injury was reported after the incident, but Medic says it did not transport any patients to the hospital.
The incident shut down traffic on part of Carmel Road throughout lunch as crews worked to put out the fire and repair power lines.
The northbound lanes reopened a little after 2 p.m., but the southbound lanes were closed for hours longer.
The accident caused power to go out for about 2,200 Duke customers in the area. But the service was restored as of 1:55 p.m.
Among the customers affected was Saint John’s Episcopal Church. Children enrolled in the church’s daycare were moved to Central Church of God after Saint John’s lost power.
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