As a result, electricity was lost to the entire community of Graford as well as phone service.
“I came around the corner and saw power poles shaking,” said Mike Thomasson, Graford Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief.
He added that he did not see the tractor at first and thought it might be a ground tremor.
He said that when he saw the tractor, about a block and a half away, he tried to tell the driver to stay put.
“There were sparks flying everywhere,” he said.
But the driver, shaken but unhurt, had stepped off the tractor.
The Graford VFD is in the same block as the downed power lines.
Thomasson said poles were knocked over, lines were down and one line had been pulled by the tractor, slicing through the corner room of a mobile home.
“No one was injured,” Thomasson added.
Oncor crews arrived and began separating the damaged lines from the grid, allowing power to be restored to the rest of the town.
“We have power to about three-fourths of the city,” he said about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. “The affected area is still about three blocks.”
Thomasson said the estimate was that power would be restored by dark.
As for the phone lines, that would take longer.
“The phone service will be down until tomorrow (Friday) evening,” he explained.
A report at the scene was that the tractor belonged to Cal Francis, owner of Francis Farms. The driver, it was reported, works for him.