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Independence Blvd. at Mecklenburg-Union Co. line back open after transformer fire

There were concerns that power lines may come down as well. That did not happen.
Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 6:13 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 6:14 AM EDT
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UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Independence Boulevard reopened to traffic early Friday morning after being shut down in both directions for several hours near the Mecklenburg County-Union County line.

Officials said the backup was caused by a transformer fire in the area around 1 a.m. Friday.

There were concerns that power lines may come down as well. That did not happen.

Crews with Duke Energy and other agencies came to help clear the scene. While the work continued, there was a standstill with dozens of cars and tractor-trailers at a complete stop.

There were concerns the road would not open until 6 a.m. However, by 5 a.m., traffic was flowing smoothly.

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