A Monday morning accident involving a tractor trailer and a Millennium Charter Academy bus, with no students on board, took down electricity, telephone, and internet lines after the tractor trailer struck a pole along the side of North Carolina 103 around 9:30 a.m..
The pole snapped as a result of the impact, though there were no injuries reported.
Trooper Bryan Baker with the N.C. Highway Patrol reported that a Cargo Transportation tractor trailer, driven by Charles Edward White of Hudson, was traveling on North Carolina 103, toward Mount Airy, when the truck allegedly ran off the right shoulder and struck a utility pole with the side of the trailer.
The truck traveled back onto the road, then crossed over and went left of the center line, according to Trooper Baker. The tractor trailer and a Millennium Charter Academy bus driven by Randy Williams collided and which the tractor trailer jack-knifed.
“My right front wheel fell off the shoulder of the road and then my trailer hit the telephone pole. I was not speeding….I just hate that this happened,” Williams said shortly after the accident occurred.
A representative with Duke Energy on the scene said that power was down throughout the Flat Rock area. Justin Landon with Duke Energy Media Relations said the estimated time of restoration is around 2 p.m. He said 1,195 customers were affected by the power outage.
Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said Highway 103 was expected to be closed until around 3 p.m. as crews worked to restore power, cable, and telephone services.
On the scene of the accident was Duke Energy, Four Way Volunteer Fire Department, and the N.C. Highway Patrol, as well as Millennium Charter Academy Headmaster Kirby McCrary.