PILOT MOUNTAIN — A single vehicle collision put Pilot Mountain in darkness and closed a main roadway on Tuesday morning.
According to Pilot Mountain Police Officer Jimmy Collins, a female driver, Kaicee Machel Snow, 21, of Mount Airy, with one passenger, Khadejah Lanette Hughes, 21, of Mount Airy, was traveling north on Key Street, when her 1999 Ford Explorer left the roadway at 6:18 a.m.
Hitting a utility pole with the right front headlight, the pole was completely taken out and two other poles came down due to pressure put on the lines. The car traveled another 201 feet, then came to rest after striking a second pole.
Key Street is closed to all traffic between the two intersections with Butler Street, using the loop as a detour, while Duke Energy, Pike Electric, and Time Warner Cable work to restore service.
Signs at the U.S. 52 roundabouts on Key Street will warn traffic of the detour, which will remain in place until at least 3 p.m., Collins said.
Hughes indicated to officers the ladies were returning home from third shift, and the driver may have fallen asleep. “Speed may have been a factor,” Collins added.
Snow was transported to Northern Hospital with minor injuries, but Hughes refused treatment.