Power restored to hundreds after truck takes down power lines

VIDEO: Downed power lines cleared from Clements Ferry Rd.
SCE&G outage map at 3:20 p.m. (Source: sceg.com)
SCE&G outage map at 3:20 p.m. (Source: sceg.com)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Power has been restored to more than 200 customers after a truck took down electric poles in the area of Clements Ferry Road Wednesday afternoon.

SCE&G's outage map showed power had been restored to 255 customers who were knocked offline by the incident.

SCE&G Spokesperson Kim Asbill said a truck took down one power pole at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Clements Ferry Road and two on Klister Road, causing several power lines to come down with the poles. The road was closed because of live power lines, but reopened shortly after 4 p.m., when crews were able to clear the roadway.

Traffic was sluggish in the area as crews from SCE&G worked on the sides of the road to replace power poles that were taken down by a truck.

The first priority was to de-energize the power lines and clear them from the roadway, Asbill said.

Initial reports indicated more than 900 people were without power immediately after the incident.

Asbill said the downed lines will have to be strung to the new poles and re-energized, but she didn't anticipate that work to close the roads.

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