GENERIC - Power outage linemen Duke Energy

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Asheville, NC (FOX Carolina) - Thursday morning a car crash in the City of Asheville left more than 2,000 people without power. By 7 a.m., Duke Energy was only reporting three outages in the area. 

According to police, around 3:45 a.m. officers responded to an overturned vehicle a vehicle on Hendersonville Road at Blake Drive. Police say the driver ran off the road striking two utility poles. 

According to police the driver was transported to Mission Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Police say four lanes of traffic were shut down due to the crash but have since reopened.  

At 5:30 a.m. Duke Energy's website was showing 2,040 people without power in the area. Early estimates said power could be restored by 6 a.m. As of 9:30 this morning, one of the utility poles had been secured and crews were continuing to repair the other. 

Police say the driver was charged with driving while intoxicated. 

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