Military Cutoff wreck leading to more police calls, frustrated drivers

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As drivers continue to find alternate ways around Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington, frustration is growing.

The Wilmington Police Department is getting inundated with calls about busy intersections and the lack of officers at some of them.

“Please be patient,” WPD spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron urged drivers.

Dandron says all their available officers are on the scene, but they still need to respond to other calls. Which means if an officer is directing traffic and receives a call, they will need to leave.

Unfortunately, all the traffic is leading to more calls because of fender benders, Dandron said.

A large section of Military Cutoff Road has been closed since around 9:30 a.m. when a crane driver knocked down power poles at Military Cutoff and Parker Farm Roads, which is at the Forum.

Many drivers have wondered why no one is directing traffic at Military Cutoff and Eastwood Roads.

“If an intersection has a traffic device they are not going to be there,” Dandron said.

Dandron said Duke Energy arrived around 2:00 p.m. to fix the power lines because crews had to come in from out of the area.

She expects Military Cutoff to remain closed until at least 6:30 p.m. but it could likely be a little longer.

The driver of the crane who knocked down the lines was cited for failure to secure a load.