CHAPEL HILL- Chapel Hill Police spokesman Seargent Josh Mecimore says drivers need to avoid Franklin Street between Boundary Street and Park Place, following a one car wreck that knocked live power lines into the road.

The cause of the crash is unknown. The driver was taken to UNC Hospitals with minor injuries.

Police are currently blocking off traffic in both directions to allow Duke Power crews to repair the power lines.

***According to Chapel Hill Police, at 10:40 p.m. Friday Pike Electric completed the installation of a new telephone pole. All lanes of Franklin Street reopened shortly thereafter. 

Mecimore says drivers should seek alternate routes, as the side streets in the area are n0t meant to handle heavy traffic.

Pedestrians are also warned to stay away. If you are walking in that area, watch out for downed lines or debris from the crash.

Mecimore says it may be several hours before the area is cleared. In the meantime, drivers should use Raleigh Road or Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard until Franklin Street reopens.