Section of MLK Jr. Boulevard in Raleigh reopens after crash, police say

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A section of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Raleigh is shut down Tuesday morning following a hit-and-run crash that took down power lines, according to police.

The crash occurred at 1:06 a.m. on MLK Jr. Boulevard and was discovered when a patrol sergeant heard the crash and then found the pole down at the scene, police said. After slamming into the pole, the driver fled the scene. The sergeant who heard the crash gave chase and was able to catch up to the suspect’s vehicle a short distance from the crash, according to police.

The crash resulted in power outages in a small area of Raleigh near the crash scene. According to Duke Energy, around 50 customers were without power Tuesday morning for a period of time. The utility company was on scene working to repair the downed lines, which caused the road closure.

Both inbound and outbound MLK Jr. Boulevard had to be closed as a result of the wreck, police said.

In order to get around the area, people driving westbound were told to take a right on Peyton Street and a left on Poole Road. People driving eastbound on MLK Jr. Boulevard were advised to take a left on Raleigh Boulevard and a right on Poole Road.

The road, which was closed between Raleigh Boulevard and Grantland Drive, reopened around 8:15 a.m.

According to police, the driver is in custody and being evaluated. Charges are pending.

Police said they’re not sure if alcohol was involved in the crash.

The wreck and the circumstances surrounding it are currently under investigation.

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