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Grain Accidents in Three States Claim Lives

Tragedy strikes men in Wisconsin, Kansas and Nebraska


It was a tragic weekend in the grain industry as three separate incidents claimed the lives of three men.

  • A Rusk County, WI, man was pronounced dead after authorities removed him from a corn bin Thursday afternoon, reports The Chronotype.
    The fatality occurred at the Sheldon Co-op in the Village of Sheldon, WI. While Kevin Wiemer, 58, of Glen Flora was rescued from the corn bin, Sheriff Jeffrey Wallace says life-saving measures were unsuccessful. Wiemer was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Authorities in Kansas say a 39-year-old man has died after becoming trapped in a grain truck in the southern part of that state Friday afternoon.
    The Kansas City Star reports the man was in the back of tractor-trailer that hauls grain and somehow became trapped near Mulvane, KS.

  • First responders confirmed just before 8 p.m. Sunday that a rescue mission at Interstate Commodities grain elevator, just outside Fremont, NE, became a recovery mission, reports KFMT Fremont.
    Fremont Fire Department, Dodge County Sheriff’s office and at least two other rescue crews from nearby agencies worked for nearly five hours to save a man who became trapped in the grain bin around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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