Utility pole broken

WRECK ON MORAVIAN FALLS ROAD Monday night resulted in several hundred Duke Energy customers losing electricity for several hours.

Several hundred Duke Energy customers in the Moravian Falls community were without electricity late Monday night and early Tuesday morning after a car hit a utility pole.

The wreck occurred on Moravian Falls Road just south of the Country Club Road intersection about 11:05 p.m., said Sam Ingram, assistant chief of the Moravian Falls Fire Department.

Ingram said a southbound passenger car ran off the left side of Moravian Falls Road and hit a pole on that side of the road, almost directly in front of the Moravian Falls Post Office. The impact broke the pole and caused a transformer to fall from the top of the pole onto the car and then to the ground beside the car.

Wilkes Emergency Medical Services transported a passenger in the car with non-life threatening injuries to Wilkes Medical Center. The vehicle had heavy damage.

Ingram said Duke Energy personnel were on the scene within 10-15 minutes to make repairs. A new utility pole was installed and power was restored by around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

More details are forthcoming from the N.C. Highway Patrol, which investigated the wreck.

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