The driver of a garbage truck that crashed into a power pole in Beaufort County Monday morning has been charged with a stop sign violation.
Floyd Strader, 26, of Washington, failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 99 and Seed Tick Neck Road around 6:45 a.m. His truck hit a ditch and a utility pole. The crash knocked out power to about 1,600 people, according to Tideland EMC.
The fog was not a factor in the crash, according to the Highway Patrol.
Strader suffered minor injuries and was treated at Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven, according to the investigating trooper. Strader was driving a truck for David's Trash Service Inc.
About 80 percent of the people who lost power had it back by 8:30 a.m., according to Tideland. Power was fully restored by 10:50 a.m.
Highway Patrol dispatchers confirmed a garbage truck crashed into a power pole AT 6:45 a.m. Monday. The crash happened at the intersection of Seed Tick Neck Rd and NC 99 in Beaufort County.
Smith said no one was injured in the crash, but more than 1,600 residents were left in the dark. Smith said crews were doing some circuit switching to reroute the affected customers onto another power line.
Shortly before 8:30 a.m., Tideland EMC announced via their Facebook page that all but 345 customers have their power restored. The people still without power should expect repairs to take a couple more hours.
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