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January 13, 2020 | Daily Journal

Details Emerge on Fatal Grain Elevator Accident in Illinois

Chester Cleveland, 58, fell 70 feet into a bin at Whitaker grain elevator

Chester A. Cleveland, 58, of St. Anne, and a co-worker were doing maintenance inside a 110-foot-tall grain bin at Whitaker Grain Elevator around 11 a.m. Wednesday when an accident claimed Cleveland’s life, reports the Daily Journal.

The two men were climbing out of the bin for lunch when Cleveland fell 70 feet. He landed on about 8,000 bushels of corn, in which he became trapped.

The co-worker, a 28-year-old-man, alerted employees on the ground there was an accident and then climbed back down into the bin to help Cleveland.

After a rescue attempt that lasted more than seven hours, Cleveland was pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary autopsy performed Thursday showed Cleveland died from multiple injuries he suffered from the fall, Gessner said. A final cause of death still is pending.

Read the full report at the Daily Journal.

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