Chapel Hill car crash causes power outages

December 29, 2013 

— A car crashed into multiple utility poles early Sunday morning, leaving homes and businesses near Ephesus Church and Legion roads without power.

Pike Electric expected the power outage in that area to last until at least 9 p.m. and possibly later, police said.

The driver of the car was uninjured in the crash and arrested on a charge of driving while impaired.

The crash caused damage to service poles, lines, power transformers and other equipment, which affected power, phone, cable and internet service in the area. Full service restoration was expected to take about 12 hours.

In addition, a portion of Legion Road was closed to allow for repairs. The closure runs from the 1700 block of Legion Road to its intersection with Ephesus Church Road and was expected to last several hours.

Numerous traffic signals in the area were also not working though temporary traffic signal signage was put in place. Drivers were advised to use caution and expect delays.

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