Power restored to 3,200 after SW Charlotte wreck

More than 3,200 Duke Energy customers spent part of early Thursday without electricity after a vehicle hit a power pole in southwest Charlotte.

The power outage came on a morning when temperatures dropped into the upper 20s, leaving residents in a chunk of western Mecklenburg County without heat.

Police report the single-vehicle wreck happened about 3:40 a.m. on Westinghouse Boulevard at Shopton Road West. That is west of Steele Creek Road.

An SUV hit a pole and knocked down lines. Duke Energy reported that between 3,200 and 3,300 customers lost power. The electricity was restored about 7:30 a.m., but the intersection remained closed at 8 a.m.

Police said the driver of the vehicle was taken by Medic to the hospital with minor injuries.