Feed truck strikes power line, driver hospitalized

The driver of this feed truck, owned by Countryside Cooperative, escaped death Monday afternoon, May 7, when the auger struck a high voltage line at the John Moe farm on 150th Avenue in the Glenwood Township. The driver received burns for the electrical charge and three tires on the truck were blown from the high voltage. The unidentified driver was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

The driver of a feed truck is in a Twin Cities hospital suffering from burns he received when the feed truck he was driving struck a high voltage power line.

The name of the driver has not been released as of press time on Tuesday.

The St. Croix County emergency center was notified at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7th of an accident in which a truck had pulled down a wire on the power line in the 29 hundred block of  150th Avenue in Glenwood Township.

The feed truck was exiting a farm on 150th Avenue, after delivering cattle feed and the elevated auger of the truck caught the power line and broke off one of the lines from the power pole.

Apparently there was a power surge into the truck, which caused the driver to receive burns and injuries. When emergency crews from Glenwood City and a St. Croix County Sheriffs Deputy arrived on the scene the driver had exited the truck and the Glenwood City Ambulance transported him to a hospital.

The force of the electrical change blew off three of the truck’s tires and burned a hole in the blacktop of 150th Avenue, and started a small grass fire in the road ditch.

Power was disrupted along the line into Emerald for some time before crews from Xcel Energy repaired the damaged line.

Grass Fires

Glenwood City firefighters responded to three grass fires in the past three days.

On Saturday afternoon they were called to a grass fire at the Eliason home on 260th Street in Emerald Township. Here a couple of acres of corn stubbles burned. The fire spread from a controlled burn of a fence line.

Another grass fire was handled by the fire department at the Jim Luepke home on Forest Street in the Village of Downing early Saturday evening. Here fire spread from a brush pile that was burning.

Just before 11 p.m. Monday night the fire department was called for another grass fire at the corner of 320th Street and 150th Avenue in the Town of Glenwood. Here the fire was confined to a small area in the ditch.

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