Suwanee truck crash spurs traffic snafu

SUWANEE - An early morning accident Thursday became a daylong traffic hiccup in the heart of Suwanee.

A lumber truck struck a utility pole at the intersection of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road at 1:13 a.m., downing power and phone lines and traffic lights at the bustling intersection, an official said.

The intersection wasn't fully opened again until about 3:30 p.m.

The truck, which was pulling a trailer, was headed east on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and attempted to turn south on Buford Highway when the driver lost control, said Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers.

The trailer hopped a curb and snapped a utility pole, cutting phone services and power to the area, Byers said. Suwanee police dispatchers communicated with Gwinnett police via cell phone to alert them to the situation, while a back-up generator powered the station, he said.

Phone lines were back up about 4 a.m.

No injuries were reported. Byers said police don't suspect the driver was impaired.

Suwanee police handled traffic control, while Georgia Power, Gwinnett County Department of Transportation and Georgia DOT officials installed a pole, new lights and lines around the intersection Thursday afternoon.

"They had to put in a whole new pole and transfer all the lines," said Byers. "It wasn't a simple fix."