CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hundreds of people in south Charlotte lost power after a driver took out a utility pole on Tyvola Road early Friday.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers responded to a crash in the 1600 block of Tyvola Road near the Smith Family Center just after 3:30 a.m.

People who live in that area say the sound the crash made was startling.

"A very loud impact. And shortly there after, almost instantaneously the lights went out,” said Ken McClure.

And that was the case for hundreds of people this morning. At its peak, Duke Energy says 1,300 customers were without power, including the Smith Family Center.

While power crews worked o the scene to turn the lights back on, police began the search for the missing. Investigators said after hitting the pole, the driver ran from the scene on foot.

"People take the curve too quickly but this is an extraordinary case of taking the curve too quickly,” says McClure.

Emergency crews on the scene told NBC Charlotte that it would be "several hours" before power is fully restored following the crash. Duke Energy's outage map estimates power to be restored by 2 p.m. Friday.