EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSI-77/64 Reopens Between State Capitol/Greenbrier Street Exits
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Aug. 23, 2013 12:59 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 23, 2013 11:30 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A clipped power line caused a massive ripple effect in Charleston Friday, knocking out power and forcing the brief shutdown of a major highway.
Several people living in Charleston were without power after the morning hit and run.
A tractor trailer took out a power pole at about 5 a.m., as it turned onto Piedmont Road.
The driver took off, leaving many to face the hot summer day without power.
“I know this gentleman is ill,” Charleston resident Gene Ranson said. “It's a hardship on him to not have air conditioner. It's a hardship on me.”
Roads were closed for hours and drivers rerouted as Appalachin Power crews replaced the power pole and lines.
"This is very sparsely traveled,” Ranson said. “Now it's put more traffic in front of our home."
But those small neighborhood roads weren't the only to shut down.
Traffic on Interstate 64 between the Greenbrier Street and Leon Sullivan exits came to a screeching halt.
All six lanes, in both directions, had to be closed for a short period of time, as crews worked quickly to fix the line that stretches across the interstate.
The downed power line created a domino effect of problems, from traffic to power outages.
Those left without power had a message for the tractor trailer driver who took off.
"Turn yourself in,” Ranson said. “Face the music. Take your punishment."
Power was restored at about 7 p.m.
The driver remains on the run. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
Interstate 77/64 in both directions between the state Capitol/Greenbrier Street and Capitol Street/Leon Sullivan has reopened following work to replace a utility line over the Interstate.
Piedmont Road is still closed near the 1300 block, according to Kanawha County Metro 911.
Charleston police will be closing Interstate 77/64 in both directions between the state Capitol/Greenbrier Street entrance/exit and Capitol St/Leon Sullivan Way exits for a short period of time Friday afternoon.
The area will be closed while Appalachian Power Company replaces a utility line over the interstate.
Earlier Friday, a truck hit a utility pole near Piedmont Road next to the interstate, destabilizing the pole and causing a potentially hazardous situation with the lines that cross the interstate, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.
For the safety of people traveling, the interstate must be blocked both directions for an estimated 20 minutes. Once the lines are replaced, the highway will be reopened. This work is expected to take place between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
A tractor-trailer took out a power pole, leaving some East End residents, including the Eyewitness News station, without power.
The big rig was turning onto Piedmont Road just outside of the station in Charleston about 5:40 a.m., when it hit a power pole and knocked out the power to the station and the homes around the station's building.
By the time our photographer walked out the door, the driver had taken off.
The power was off for a short time, and crews were working to repair that pole about noon Friday.
Piedmont Road and Chilton Road were expected to be closed while crews repaired the pole.
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