3 Durham schools close due to power outage from crash that injured 3

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Three Durham schools are closed and police are investigating after a single-vehicle crash along Cornwallis Road between Jan Court and Beechwood Drive Monday evening knocked out power to more than 1,500 and left three people seriously injured.

The crash happened shortly after 5 p.m. when a vehicle traveling eastbound ran off the roadway and struck a guy wire and utility pole. Speed was a factor in the crash, police said Tuesday.

The driver, an adult male, and two juvenile passengers were transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.  Police said Tuesday morning that two of the three have critical injuries and all three are still hospitalized.

The crash caused more than 1,600 power outages in the immediate area and as of 11:30 a.m., around 1,200 customers were still without power from Fayetteville Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

Duke Energy officials told CBS 17 the reason why it has taken so long to restore power is due to the damage to the equipment in the crash, the fact that power is being restored in sections so it doesn’t overload the grid, and because crews had to wait for temperatures to increase in order to lessen the demand on the grid.

Three Durham County Public Schools have been impacted due to the outage, according to district officials. W.G. Pearson Elementary, Hillside High School and New Tech High are all without power and have been closed for the day, district officials said.

Parents of students at W. G. Pearson Elementary can pick up their students from Shepard Middle School, located at 2401 Dakota St. Students that are not picked up will be bused home at the end of their regular schedule.

Hillside High School was originally going to operate on a two-hour delay.

East Cornwallis Road was closed from Fayetteville Street to Beechwood Road. The closure was in place through the morning commute and the road reopened before 11 a.m.

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