HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – An out-of-state lineman for Santee Electric stayed on the job after being injured by a speeding car as the company works to restore electricity to the thousands of customers still without service over a week after the winter storm.
As of Thursday morning, 1,255 outages were affecting about 4,131 Santee Electric Cooperative customers, including 749 in Florence County, 669 in Georgetown County, 1,027 in Clarendon County, and 1,663 in Williamsburg County. About 40,000 members' electricity had been restored, as of a Wednesday update from the company.
Steve Pendleton, one of hundreds of out-of-state linemen who came to South Carolina to assist in the restoration, was working along Highway 521 near the town of Foreston when the crew heard a car speeding towards them, according to an update from Santee Electric. The car struck another car and spun around, and Pendleton's fellow lineman Scott Lee grabbed him and pulled him out of the way.
The car grazed Pendleton, and he later discovered he had broken his knee cap. Instead of heading back to North Carolina to recuperate, he was back at the job the next day, the update states.
"We appreciate Pendleton for his determination to stay and help our power crews get the job done," a Santee Electric representative stated. "He has now returned home for follow-up care with his doctor, and we wish him a speedy recovery. We also thank Lee for his quick thinking and willingness to help out a fellow crew member in what could have been a tragic situation."