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On Power lines downed by farm equipment close North 1500 Road


FlintlockRifle 5 years, 1 month ago

Dang, it's tuff enough being a farmer, he sure didn't need this to deal with

jackpot 5 years, 1 month ago

How did the high power line get into the low tractor? That's what?

Jeanette Kekahbah 5 years, 1 month ago

the seed planter appears to be higher...guessing he drove from one field to the other catching the power lines while passing under them. is not at all unheard of, many farmers have been electrocuted this way.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 1 month ago

a power line with a piece of farm equipment, dragging down one utility pole and shifting another.



bearded_gnome 5 years, 1 month ago

The exact number of Westar Energy customers out of power after the accident was not available, but a Westar Energy employee was overheard saying that it would be several hours before the power lines would be repaired. North 1500 Road was reopened by 6 p.m.

---and Pendleton's Asparagus now has to bravely grow on without the benefit of electricity being present. oh the humanity!

juma 5 years, 1 month ago

All I can say is that I have been driving/using heavy equipment all my life and when using something this size and on the road YOU GET A SPOTTER TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE!!!!! Must have been some young dude that "knows everything".

riverdrifter 5 years, 1 month ago

It's a big John Deere planter, perhaps 16 rows. It folds up (then down) for travel over the road. There's a laptop computer onboard that controls it. Could be that a software gliche told it to fold down and when that happened it clipped the lines because it reaches waay up high when it folds out. Or perhaps the operator brushed a hydraulic lever in the cab of the tractor. Or, the power line was sagging too low. Who knows.

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