Contractor responsible for accident that shut down I-95

Traffic backs up on U.S. 301 South Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1 due to a powerline which fell across I-95 between Kenly and Micro. Keith Barnes | Johnstonian News

A fallen powerline across Interstate 95 between Micro and Kenly caused a traffic snarl on U.S. 301 Thursday, Nov. 1 in Kenly near the I-95 exit ramps. Keith Barnes | Johnstonian News

SELMA – A North Carolina Department of Transportation contractor was responsible for a fallen powerline across Interstate 95 between Micro and Kenly Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1 that diverted traffic in both directions.

“The contractor is Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh,” said NCDOT spokesperson Andrew Barksdale. “The contractor will be responsible for any damage the accident may have caused. The contractor was performing work for a NCDOT project.

The obstruction caused major backups.

For I-95 North, the road was closed at exit 102 in Micro. For I-95 South, traffic detoured off exit 107.

The N.C. Department of Transportation coordinated with the N.C. Highway Patrol and a power company to remove the obstruction.

Barksdale said the interstate was reopened around 5:15 p.m. Thursday by having the power company remove the fallen line. Then, after midnight Friday morning between 1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. – NCDOT and the Highway Patrol performed a moving roadblock to allow utility workers to drape a new power line over the roadway and restore power.

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