Drivers in the Waleska area had to find alternate routes to their destinations Tuesday afternoon as the intersection of Ga. Highway 140 and Ga. Highway 108 was closed due to an incident involving a tractor trailer.

According to information from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, just after 4 p.m. a tractor-trailer driving through the area brought down power lines into the road at the intersection.

“Georgia Power is on the scene. We have not got an ETA yet of when the road will be open,” Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jay Baker said at about 4:15 p.m. “The utility company is still assessing the situation.”

From information gathered at the scene, Baker said the incident occurred when the truck attempted to turn south onto Ga. Highway 140 from Ga. Highway 108 struck a power pole, which pulled the pole and the wires down.

While work crews were out to fix the situation, drivers were encouraged to avoid the area around the intersection if at all possible.

Shortly after his initial statement, Baker said utility company workers estimated repair work could take up to eight hours to complete, and the intersection would remain closed for the duration of that time.