CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A car slammed into a utility pole Friday morning, leaving residents without power in south Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a driver hit the pole in the 1600 block of Tyvola Road and ran off.
Initially, more than 1,300 were without power. By 6 a.m., that number had decreased to around 150. Part of Tyvola Road near South Boulevard remains closed as crews work to make repairs.
The nearby Smith Family Center was also left without power, as were traffic lights on South Boulevard at Tyvola Road, South Boulevard at Seneca Place and South Boulevard at Woodlawn Road. Power has since been restored to the traffic lights.
"It was hard to miss the sound of the impact. About 3:45 and we lost power instantaneously. This is a little crazy but the fleeing the scene is the inexplicable element," witness Ken Mcclure said.
Duke Energy expects to have power fully restored by 2 p.m.
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