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Truck crashes into power pole, goes up in flames

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Pelham Road was shutdown after a truck crashed into a power pole near Batesville Road. (Nov. 30, 2012/FOX Carolina) Pelham Road was shutdown after a truck crashed into a power pole near Batesville Road. (Nov. 30, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Drivers along Pelham Road near Highway 14 should expect delays after a truck crashed into a utility pole Friday afternoon and caught fire.

The crash happened about 1:40 p.m. in front of Carolina Direct.

FOX Carolina crews at the scene said Pelham Road is closed in both directions is blocked as emergency crews work to clear the scene and extinguish the blaze.

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Duke Energy was reporting approximately 580 customers without power in Greenville County. Utility crews were at the scene to deal with the downed lines.

There is no word yet what caused the crash, but FOX Carolina crews said it was a tree-trimming truck that took out the utility pole.

The fire captain for Pelham-Batesville Fire Department said the fire spread to the nearby grass, but they were unable to put water on the fire until the electricity was turned off because it might electrocute someone. According to crews at the scene, the fire was extinguished by 2:30 p.m.

Troopers were out directing the rerouted traffic because the power was cut to nearby traffic lights. Local businesses are also without power.

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