Downed power line reported 11 hours before man electrocuted - KCTV5

Downed power line reported 11 hours before man electrocuted

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

As friends and family grieve the tragic death of 27-year-old Nick Moeder, investigations have been launched into events leading up to his death.

Moeder was electrocuted early Sunday when his feet became wrapped around a live wire at Rosedale Park. The power line had tumbled to the ground during Saturday afternoon's thunderstorms.

The Board of Public Utilities has launched an investigation. The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office and the county's 911 dispatch center are also investigating.

David Mehlaff, spokesman for BPU, said officials are searching through records.

"We want to make sure that this was handled correctly and make sure something like this never happens again," he said.

A Frisbee golf tournament was being held at the park that weekend. And while Moeder and his friend weren't participating, they had come to the park to play about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Jack Lowe headed up the Kansas City Wide Open Disc Golf tournament this weekend. He said the course director called 911 to report the power line coming down about 4 p.m. Saturday.

Lowe says he had people check if the line had been cleared several more times. When he learned it was still there, he said he called the Board of Public Utilities in KCK twice about 10 p.m. Saturday to report the downed line.

He said when he learned of Moeder's death that he was devastated.

"Just heartbroken. I'm swallowing it as I try to think about it because you start to second guess yourself," he said.

He also wants answers from BPU, which the utility is working to get.

"Who received the calls when? Where did the calls go to? What happened to those calls?" Mehlaff asked.

Mehlaff said typically BPU tries to get someone to a downed line within two hours. He said call takers were busy Saturday with more than 2,000 customers losing power due to the storms.

The friend with Moeder jerked on his shirt and feet, but wasn't able to free him. The friend was shocked and was hospitalized. He posted on Facebook that Moeder was the best friend he could have had and he knows he would have done the same thing to help him.

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