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NCDOT: Downed power line on U.S. 1 caused by contractor

A power line was taken down by a tractor-trailer after a pole was hit by a dump truck, lowering the line, in the construction zone on U.S. 1 north of Fox Road late Tuesday morning.
Russell Parker - Richmond Observer

MARSTON — A major road was temporarily closed late Tuesday morning after two vehicles contributed to downed power lines.

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, a contractor or subcontractor driving a dump truck for the U.S. 1 widening project hit a pole, causing the lines to hang low over the road — then a tractor-trailer brought it down.

The incident reportedly happened between Fox Road and the speedway and dragway area.

The dump truck was not a NCDOT truck and the driver was not a NCDOT employee, according to a spokesman.

Contractors are responsible for maintaining the work zone and responsible for any damages that may be caused, the spokesman added.

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The road was reportedly re-opened within about an hour and, while the DOT spokesman said power crews were working to restore electricity, maps for Duke and Pee Dee Electric showed there were no outages in the area at 2 p.m.

The RO has contacted the N.C. State Highway Patrol, which is investigating, for additional information.