Two workers die after Wichita grain bin accident

Courtesy: KSNW

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Two workers were pronounced dead at the scene after becoming trapped in a grain bin Tuesday afternoon.

Rescuers worked to recover the two workers in the 5700 block of South Hoover Road at Gavilon grain. The recovery started around 2:30 p.m.

Wichita fire crews, working with the Sedgwick County Fire Technical Rescue Team spent hours trying to recover the workers.

“At this point, we have two people that are in the grain bin, and it has been defined as a recovery, at this point,” said Sedgwick County Fire Deputy Chief Larry Tangney.

Tangney said grain vacuums were used to remove about 20 to 25 feet of grain.

The two victims, whose bodies were recovered around 5:00 p.m., have not been identified.

Many people know the elevator formerly as DeBruce grain. On June 8, 1998, a grain elevator explosion killed seven people and injured 10 other employees. Here is an OSHA report on that explosion.

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