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Power outage hits part of Lugoff

Posted: December 31, 2013 4:17 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2014 5:00 a.m.

More than 1,570 Lugoff area homes and businesses were temporarily without power and traffic was stopped Monday afternoon after a piece of heavy equipment reportedly hit a power pole and caused transmission lines to fall across U.S. 601 at Exchange Drive, just north of I-20.

Duke Energy Progress spokesman Lisa Hoffmann said the company had a crew nearby and the problem was resolved quickly.

“The power went out at 3:13 p.m. and was restored at 4:09 p.m.,” she said. “We happened to have a crew in the area and they were able to get right to it.”

Chief Dennis Ray of the Lugoff  Fire Department said units from the department responded and traffic on U.S. 601 was stopped for approximately 45 minutes while the downed lines were cleared.

“Any time there are power lines on the ground, it’s a safety issue. We got called around 3:15 and were on the scene less than an hour,” Ray said. “We sent Battalion 1, Rescue 10 and Service 10, with a total of five personnel.”

Ray said the highway blockage was a concern, as the department often takes that route to respond to calls in the southern Lugoff area.

“That’s a major thoroughfare for us for emergency response so we had to make other arrangements,” he said. “But no one got hurt and it got cleared up rather quickly.”

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol assisted with traffic control during the incident.

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