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Car wreck knocks out power in Huntersville

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and NBC Charlotte
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

A car wreck on Sam Furr Road Sunday morning knocked down power lines and cut electricity to several businesses and residents.

According to first responders, the collision happened shortly before 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning at the intersections of Sam Furr Road and Northcross Drive.

A car ran off the street and into a power pole, according to law enforcement officers. Officials were still investigating the cause of the crash Sunday afternoon.

According to Medic, the county’s paramedic service, one patient was being treated at CMC main with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Authorities initially said they expected the stretch of road to reopen in four to five hours, but Duke Energy reported that power had been restored to the affected areas.

At the time of the crash, 2,000 Duke Energy customers in Mecklenburg were without power. NBC Charlotte crews responding to the scene noted that the Arby’s, Food Lion, and a nearby apartment complex were all without power.

Bill Clegg, who lives nearby, said traffic delays continued on Sam Furr Road into Sunday evening. A new post has been put up, but some lines are still down. Sam Furr Road was still blocked at Northcross Drive five hours after the wreck.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, only two Duke Energy customers were without power.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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