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Glenn McConnell Parkway has reopened to traffic in both directions after downed power lines closed the road for three hours Friday morning. 

Glenn McConnell Parkway was shut down between West Wildcat Boulevard and Bairds Cove until about 9:40 a.m. Police said a Carolina Wast and Recycling garbage truck was traveling north on the parkway with its front trash receptacle, "in an elevated position."

The truck hit a traffic signal, damaging the traffic signal box, police said. It continued driving northbound and truck elevated power and cable lines.

"The wires came down across the roadway which resulted in damage to two vehicles traveling south on the parkway," police said. "Two utility poles were also severed in half."

Power outages impacted nearby neighborhoods, West Ashley High School and several traffic signals along the parkway, police said. The road was shut down, reopening around 9:35 a.m.

At one point, an SCE&G outage map showed that more than 1,600 customers in the area were without power. 

The garbage truck driver was cited for the incident, police said.

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Angie Jackson covers crime and breaking news for The Post and Courier. She previously covered the same beat for the Grand Rapids Press and in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Angie enjoys teaching yoga and exploring the outdoors.

Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.