UPDATE: Car crashes into utility pole in northwest Roanoke, power restored for 100+ Appalachian Power customers

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UPDATE 5:41 a.m.: Appalachian Power says power has been restored for more than 100 customers after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole in northwest Roanoke overnight.

As of 5:28 a.m. on Monday, the company says only 19 customers are still without power after the crash. Power is expected to be restored for the remaining customers by 9 a.m.

Appalachian Power says 19 customers are without power as of 5:28 a.m. on May 31, 2021 because of this outage in northwest Roanoke, which started because of a vehicle crash at 12:31 a.m. (Photo: Courtesy Appalachian Power)

Roanoke officials have yet to provide an update on when Orange Avenue NW will be reopened amid cleanup efforts.


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Approximately 150 Appalachian Power customers in northwest Roanoke are without power Monday morning because of an overnight crash closing down a section of Orange Avenue.

The Roanoke Police Department says this “significant power outage” was caused by a car crashing into a utility pole. When WFXR News’ Aaron Farrar was at the scene around 2:30 a.m. on Monday, May 31, the pole and some power lines were almost in the street.

Officers at the scene told WFXR News that Orange Avenue NW is currently closed between 14th Street and 17th Street.

There are no reports of injuries from the crash — which is currently under investigation — but motorists are asked to avoid the area at this time.

Meanwhile, Appalachian Power says the outage caused by the vehicle crash in northwest Roanoke — which started at 12:31 a.m. on Monday– has left 150 customers without power as of 4:58 a.m.

Appalachian Power says 150 customers are without power as of 4:58 a.m. on May 31, 2021 because of this outage in northwest Roanoke, which started because of a vehicle crash at 12:31 a.m. (Photo: Courtesy Appalachian Power)

The company estimates power will be restored to customers by 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

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