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Crash topples utility pole, stalls traffic

Crash topples utility pole, stalls traffic

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A man knocked down an Orange Avenue utility pole Tuesday afternoon after losing control of his pickup truck.

The crash, which happened at 2:48 p.m., closed the eastbound lanes of Orange Avenue between 13th Street and 20th Street for nearly two hours.

Carlton Thomas, a 52-year-old Roanoke man, was driving the pickup truck east when it ran into the pole. Roanoke police charged Thomas with failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

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