Crash downs utility lines, closes road near Newport News Shipyard

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 8:56 PM

Huntington Ave. closure

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NEWPORT NEWS - It will likely be well into the evening before several blocks of Huntington Avenue reopen.

Newport News Police say a pick-up truck driver trying to avoid a car hit two utility poles just before 10:00 a.m. Both poles and the utility wires on them are down. Dominion Power said power lines were not affected.

The driver was taken to the hospital and should be okay, police said.  He will not be charged in connection with the crash.

The driver of the car, Gladys Wells, of the 3800 block of Kecoughtan Road in Hampton, has been charged with improper left turn and faces additional charges.

Authorities say it could be well into the evening before Huntington Avenue between 37th and 39th streets reopens. The 39th Street bridge is also affected.

A Verizon spokesperson says several hundred customers may have disrupted phone and Internet service.

The affected area is close to Newport News Shipyard. Spokeswoman Christie Miller told WVEC.com that yard officials have put out communications to employees about the street closures and alternate routes.

 

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