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Traffic accident causes power outages

Above, utility lines and traffic lights dangle after two power poles were broken when a delivery truck struck the poles at the West Main Ave. and 7th Street intersection on Friday, June 27.

This photo shows the damaged truck which had clipped two power poles and caused widespread power outage in downtown Taylorsville Friday afternoon.

(Updated June 27, 7:15 pm)

Two power poles severed,
West Main Avenue blocked


      A delivery truck driver clipped two utility poles on West Main Avenue (NC 90) on the south side of the westbound lane of the roadway during Friday afternoon, June 27, destroying the two poles and two traffic lights in the process, as well as causing a blackout in downtown Taylorsville and along NC 16 north into the Sugar Loaf Community.

      Officers from the Taylorsville Police Department responded, along with members of Taylorsville Fire Department, Alexander Rescue Squad, Town of Taylorsville Public Works, and Duke Energy workers and contractors.

     The collision occurred about 3:25 p.m. Friday when a truck leased by White Wholesale Tire Company of Hickory (truck is owned by Service Leasing Co.), driven by Kendra Banks, age 42 of Lenoir, drove too closely to the shoulder, according to an incident report by Patrolman R. Taylor of the Taylorsville Police. It was observed at the scene that the box/cargo portion of Banks' truck was peeled back on the passenger side where it had collided with the power poles. This occurred along West Main Ave. at the former Hammer Motor Co. (now Hoyle Auto Sales), in front of the old Icenhour home. The truck came to rest in front of First Baptist Church Child Development Center on the roadway.

     Taylor estimated damage at $4,000 to the truck and about $8,000 to the utility poles and traffic lights at 7th Street SW. When asked if she was okay, Banks responded that she was.

     Power was out from the time of the accident until late in the afternoon. Traffic lights on West Main Ave. at S. Center Street, Old Wilkesboro Road, Third Street SW, 7th Street SW, and NC 16 were not working. Locations observed to be without power included The Taylorsville Times, Community One Bank, Taylorsville Savings Bank, Alexander County Courthouse (operated on generator), and many other locations on NC 90. Propst Superette on NC 16 in Sugar Loaf as well as Bobby Jo's Country Kitchen did not have power when observed about 5:45 p.m. Friday.

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