PLS Distribution Line Crews Save Life of RV Driver
November 26, 2019
Power Line Services, Inc. a PLH Group Company, save a life. Left to right. Back row: Jacob Willis, Codi Elam, Kody Bluford, Mark Vorn Khal, Branden Diplock, Andrew Faulk. Front row: Justin Reeves, Freddy Ates, Brain Carey, Foreman Chad Frost.
Being an electric line worker is no ordinary job, requiring years of safety training and steady nerves. But the last thing Codi Elam and his Power Line Services (PLS) crewmembers expected while working on a utility line last Tuesday, was to rescue a man from an RV fully engulfed in flames.
Elam and the rest of his Power Line Services crew were performing electric distribution line maintenance for BTU (Bryan Texas Utilities) when a large, recreational vehicle swerved across the road and directly hit the line they were working on. The RV continued to roll another 75 feet, finally coming to a stop. Elam immediately noticed smoke coming from under the hood.
Taking quick action, the PLS crew ran across the road to check on the driver. Thinking only of saving the driver’s life, Elam opened the door and got him to safety just in time. Moments later, the entire front section of the RV was on fire, including the driver’s seat.
Fire and rescue arrived shortly after the accident occurred extinguishing the fire which had spread to the surrounding dry grass. Local news also reported the event, stating that power was out for about an hour due to the crash. However, after saving a life, the same PLS heroes quickly restored power to hundreds of area residents. No one was injured and everyone went home safe and sound to many congratulations.
Power Line Services, a PLH Group Company, offers expertise and resources to perform transmission, distribution, substation and EPC & design/build construction services in the Midwest and Southern U.S.
Power Line Services, Inc. electric line crewmembers pulled the driver of this RV to safety moments before it caught fire after crashing into a utility pole.