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I-77 back open after train strikes powerlines

Thousands were without power and the busy interstate was closed during Monday's morning commute.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Interstate 77 is back open after a full closure in south Charlotte Monday.

Overnight, a Norfolk Southern train struck a low-hanging powerline, which prompted the road closure and power outages, according to officials.

For hours, thousands of residents were without power, according to Duke Energy. By 10 a.m., power had been fully restored and the roadway had been fully reopened.

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Drivers experienced lengthy delays during Monday morning's commute as a result of the road closure.

According to officials at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Performance Learning Academy was remote Monday due to the incident. Nations Ford Elementary was fully closed and officials will schedule a future makeup day.

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Norfolk Southern's R-Line runs between Charlotte and Columbia. The railroad uses a bridge to cross Interstate 77 near the exit for Billy Graham Parkway.

No known injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

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