Power restored more than 12 hours after crash downed lines in Matthews

Wreck causes nearly 5,000 to lose power in Matthews

MATTHEWS, N.C. — A portion of Idlewild Road North remained closed early Tuesday between Lawyers Road and Harris Boulevard as crews worked for more than 12 hours to fix downed power lines.

Around 5 p.m. Monday, a wreck on Idlewild Road near Highway 51 in Matthews caused a massive power outage. Officials said a tractor-trailer collided with another vehicle and the crash took down a power pole and some lines.

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Initially, nearly 5,000 Duke Energy customers lost power, but that number was down to 400 by 5 a.m.

By 7 a.m., all power was restored.

Those involved in the crash were not seriously hurt, police said.

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