Combine becomes entangled in electric wires

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — No injuries were reported after a combine became entangled in electric wires Tuesday evening west of Huntingburg.

Dennis Whitsitt, 57, Huntingburg, was returning his 2011 New Holland combine to the roadway after farming property just east of Holland Road Northeast when the 7:45 p.m. mishap occurred on Old Road 64, 500 feet east of Holland Road Northeast, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s department said Whitsitt inadvertently left the harvester’s auger arm partially out and it struck electric lines. The combine was entangled in the downed lines and the electric pole was pulled from the ground.

The sheriff’s department and units from the Huntingburg and Holland volunteer fire departments secured the scene while a Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative crew released the combine from the wires.

Total damage was estimated at less than $1,000.

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