Grain Elevator Death in Xenia, IL
Greg Smith, 61, was fatally injured by a fall from the top of a 35-foot grain elevator
A rural Xenia, IL, man was fatally injured by a fall from the top of a 35-foot grain elevator on his farm last Friday, reports 97.9 XFM.
The victim was identified as 61-year-old Greg Smith, whose farm is along Beard Road on the Clay-Marion county line.
Kinmundy-Alma Fire Chief Kevin Day says Smith had done everything correctly when going to the top of the bin, including the use of a safety belt and a tether. However, they were connected to a spout that appears to have come loose from the rest of the elevator and resulted in Smith spiraling to the ground.
No one saw the incident occur. Smith was later found by a family member on the ground with critical injuries.