Crash causes major power outage and morning traffic alert


JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - 8:37 a.m. UPDATE

Power is restored after an outage for some in Onslow county. The driver in a crash that led to lanes being closed on U.S. highway 17 in Jacksonville has been identified.

26-year old Christopher Lee Serrano ran off the road in the north bound lane to the right and hit a fence and pole, according trooper T.W. McCoy. The power company turned off the power to fix the pole affecting more 1200 customers in Onslow County.

Serrano was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center and the crash is still under investigation.

8:00 a.m UPDATE

According to a dispatcher with The Highway Patrol, there was some traffic congestion but U.S. Highway 17 just south of the MCAS New River main gate was opened.

Electrical crews were still on scene replacing a power pole. More than 1,000 customers were still without power at last check.

We are waiting to hear from a trooper from The Highway Patrol to get crash and potential injury details.

5:40 a.m UPDATE:

In an updated traffic advisory, U.S. Highway 17 just south of the MCAS New River main gate has been closed to all traffic due to downed power lines from a vehicle accident.

The Highway Patrol was on the scene detouring traffic around the incident site. All motorists were advised to seek alternate routes and should expect delays in the immediate area, according to Marine Corps Air Station New River.


More than 1,240 customers were without power after a crash was reported early Friday in Onslow County, according to a dispatcher with The Highway Patrol.

The crash was in Jacksonville along U.S. 17 South and Maplehurst Road.

Troopers were still on the scene as of 5 a.m. Friday. The road in that area was closed.

The crash was reported at about 3 a.m.

There were no immediate details on how the crash happened or if there were any injuries.

Stay with NewsChannel 12 as we work to get updates on this crash and your morning commute.

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