ROANOKE CO., Va. -

Route 220 in Roanoke County re-opened around noon Monday after the road was blocked for about four hours by a severed utility pole.

However, the road will be closed down again for about 20 minutes sometime between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. so new wires can be hung across the road.

The accident happened around 7:40 a.m. near the intersection with Starlight Lane. That’s about three miles north of Boones Mill and near the Franklin County line.

Traffic was backed up for several miles in both directions because of the accident.

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Both directions of Route 220 in Roanoke County are blocked near Starlight Lane after a car hit a utility pole. The road could be blocked for several hours, according to Roanoke County police.

The accident happened around 7:40 a.m. on Route 220 North, near the Franklin County line and about three miles north of Boones Mill. The impact of the crash severed the utility pole.

Police are turning drivers who are stuck in the backup around.

The Roanoke County Police Department asks drivers to use a different route because the road could be blocked for several hours.

Responders hope to have the road re-opened around noon, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Check back soon for more updates.

Here is the news release from Roanoke County police:

At approximately 7:40AM this morning, a single vehicle crash was reported to the Roanoke County Police Department. According to the report, a vehicle was traveling northbound on Franklin Road, near Starlight Lane, when it overturned and struck a utility pole subsequently severing the pole. Both northbound and southbound lanes of travel are blocked at this time.

Please use an alternate route of travel as the roadway may be blocked for several hours. At this time, the investigation is just underway and there is no additional information to report at this time.