Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
3:54 p.m. - A portion of US Hwy 69 reopened Monday morning around 11:30 a.m. after being closed for almost 12 hours after a pick-up truck struck a high-powered utility pole Sunday evening, knocking it to the ground.
Officials with the Jacksonville Police Department say that the 1999 Chevrolet pick-up truck struck the pole in the 200 block of North Jackson Street near the intersection of Quevada about 10:07 p.m., after the driver of an 18-wheeler following the truck reported seeing it swerve erratically.
The driver of the pick-up then jumped out of the truck and fled on foot, leaving the passenger in the vehicle, according to police reports. The driver of the truck is a white male believed to be between 25-35 years of age with tattoos covering one arm.
Jacksonville police closed all lanes of the road in both directions while crews worked to repair the lines and clean up from the accident.
8:15 a.m. - An accident involving an 18-wheeler has closed all lanes of US 69 between Hwy 175 and Bolton Street north of Jacksonville.
The accident, which occured before 10 p.m. Sunday night, knocked out power lines, said Jacksonvile Police Chief Reece Daniel.
The road is expected to be closed through the morning and officers are diverting traffic down Bolton Street.