A small-town family is fed up with the state of utility cleanup in their town.
Lane, KS, is a tiny town in Franklin County, not far from Ossawatomie.
It was here that 10-year-old Cameron Peel almost strangled herself on a hanging utility line while riding her bike Tuesday.
"I tried to go under it because it was diagonal, so I tried to go under it, and it got caught and I was trying to get it off," Cameron said. "It kind of got caught around my neck, and it threw me off my bike a little bit."
She now has a nasty abrasion on her neck, similar to a rope burn. Her father says the yanking motion also had an impact.
"The doctor said my daughter had a strained neck muscle," said Trent Caswell.
Fortunately, Cameron landed on her feet.
The line was dead, and no one knows for sure what utility it belongs to, except that it wasn't a power line.
The Caswells feel like the tiny farm town gets neglected by the utility companies. They say the wire ended up hanging loose after a storm tore through two weeks ago.
"It's something that should be taken care of and addressed for public safety," said Caswell.
However, he said he did not call anyone to complain about it.
KCTV5 News contacted Century Link, the provider there. A spokesman there sent out a worker, who reported back that it was a cable line. Trouble is, the town does not have cable service. Satellite dishes dot almost every house in Lane.
One neighbor said the line has been hanging loose from that pole for about 13 years. Another neighbor suspected it was an old cable line from a company that went out of business years ago.
When KCTV5's crew arrived after making calls, it was shortened and wrapped around a sign, off the ground. That was enough of a change to put Cameron back in the saddle again.
"I'm still going to ride it," she said of her purple and white bike. "I'm not afraid anymore because that cord's not there anymore."
All the utility companies KCTV5 contacted encouraged people to avoid any downed lines because you don't know whether they are live or not, and as this case shows, even dead lines can be dangerous.
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