DOUGLASS, Kan. (KAKE) - The Butler County Sheriff's Office said a 61-year-old man who was helping remove horses from a county road was hit and killed by a car Thursday night. 

The accident happened on SW 210th Street near SW Hopkins Switch Road east of Douglass. The sheriff's office reported a deputy was dispatch just after 10:30 p.m. to the report of horses in the roadway. While the deputy was en route, dispatchers started calling potential horse owners in the area. 

"They were unsuccessful in locating the owners but one of the people contacted by dispatch also started calling local horse owners in the vicinity and contacted John Sanford (61) of rural Douglass," the sheriff's office said.

Sanford and his wife went to the location and found that the horses did not belong to them. However, Sanford began helping to get them off the road. 

As he was helping, Sanford was struck by a westbound vehicle. He died at the scene.

The sheriff's office said bright lights from another vehicle parked on the side of the road facing east may have contributed to the accident.