Power restored after train hits power lines, leaving thousands in the dark in south Charlotte

According to Duke Energy’s website, power was knocked out to around 2,900 customers.
Interstate 77 has reopened in south Charlotte after a train downed power lines and left thousands without power.
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 4:50 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 8:01 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Interstate 77 has reopened in south Charlotte after a train downed power lines and left thousands without power.

The interstate was closed between Woodlawn and Tyvola roads. Transportation officials said it had reopened shortly before 9 a.m. Monday.

Duke Energy confirmed that a train brought down power lines across the interstate, leading officials to shut down the road in both directions.

Traffic was diverted off the interstate at Tyvola to Nations Ford Road to Tryon Street and then back onto I-77.

The interstate was closed between Woodlawn and Tyvola roads. Transportation officials said it had reopened shortly before 9 a.m. Monday.

According to Duke Energy’s website, power was knocked out to around 2,900 customers. The site showed it has been restored as of 10:20 a.m.

Duke Energy officials said the tracks are owned and maintained by Norfolk Southern. WBTV has reached out to the rail company to try and learn more about how the train got tangled and if there is an investigation on their end.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Performance Learning Center will be remote Monday due to the crash and downed power lines. Students that were bused to school will be dismissed at 9:30 a.m., district officials said.

Nations Ford Elementary will be closed and there will be a makeup day in the future, according to CMS.

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