06/25/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Russell, KS—Two bodies were pulled from an AgCo Inc. grain elevator, after a portion of the elevator collapsed on Thursday, June 24, 2010. The collapse occurred just after 2:00 p.m., but rescue teams weren’t able to recover the bodies until 5 p.m., as reported by KSN.com.
Two silos filled with grain collapsed, burying two elevator employees who were unloading a semi-trailer. Officials are calling the incident a “structural collapse.”
The deceased workers were identified as Max Greve, 21, of Hays, and Sean Banks, 19, of Russell.
Officials are warning people to stay away from the scene, due to fears that there could be another collapse.
Russell County Sheriff John Fletcher said, “We want to stress that this is a structural failure; it is not an explosion. We have not had any kind of an explosion. It just – the structure has failed at some point. We will not know how it’s failed or anything probably for – you’re looking at a few days until we can get the engineers in here to make sure we know exactly what happened.”
A full investigation into the fatal workplace accident is currently underway. Officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are expected to arrive at the scene.
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