Voting Disrupted After Car Takes Down Power Pole In High Point

9:29 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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Guilford County, NC -- Several polling sites in High Point and Jamestown were without power following a car accident Tuesday afternoon.

Police say someone drove their car into a utility pole on E. Fork Rd. around 2:20 p.m.

At 4:30pm, Duke Energy said only 32 customers were without power, down from 2300 immediately after the accident.

In the hours following the outage, Duke Energy worked with the Guilford County Board of Elections to get generators to those sites.

In the meantime, voters and poll workers at the Triad Baptist Community Church on Eastchester Rd. used flashlights and candles as a light source. The dark and chilly location didn't stop voters from turning out.

"This is the most important thing there is. This is what makes you American. And to vote is something that is very important. Everybody needs to vote," said Thomas Hayes.

Hayes was at the voting machine when the power went out. He said the machines went  black and started beeping. He came back around 6:30 to cast his vote.

Duke Energy said at one point 2,300 customers were without power. That includes Jamestown Town Hall, along with Triad Community Baptist Church, Deep River Friends Church and Turner's Chapel AME Church in High Point--all polling places. 

George Gilbert, executive director of the Guilford County Board of Elections, said backup generators made their way to each polling site.

Police are still investigating the collision.

Stay with WFMY News 2 and Digtriad for updates. 


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