Power lines downed by farm equipment close North 1500 Road
A short stretch of North 1500 Road was closed near the intersection of East 1750 Road as Westar Energy crews work to repair utility poles, after a man hooked a power line with a piece of farm equipment, dragging down one utility pole and shifting another.
Douglas County Emergency Dispatch received a call shortly before 3 p.m. reporting that a man was trapped in a tractor after coming in contact with a power line.
Westar Energy and the Wakarusa Township Fire Department responded, and the man was eventually able to exit the tractor and appeared to be in good condition as he surveyed the power lines entangled in what appeared to be a seed planter he was pulling behind his tractor.
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.