New Bern Avenue reopens after Raleigh crash brings down traffic lights


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The intersection of New Bern Avenue and Trawick Road was completely closed for hours Sunday after a vehicle crashed into a pole, bringing down all the traffic lights at the intersection.

Authorities say a man under the influence of alcohol was speeding on New Bern Avenue when he crashed into a pole near Trawick Road around 7 a.m. Sunday.

The impact of the crash knocked down the pole, causing the traffic lights to fall.

After the crash, the man attempted to run from police but was apprehended.

Police said the driver was traveling “at a high rate of speed” on the wrong side of Trawick Road — traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.

“The driver drove over a concrete media, striking a crosswalk sign and then continued across New Bern Ave. The vehicle then struck a utility pole causing all the traffic lights at the intersection to crash to the ground,” a Raleigh police news release said.

Police say he is facing several charges.

New Bern Avenue reopened around 4:35 p.m., according to the NCDOT.

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