Two men die after being trapped in grain elevator

Two men died after being buried under 20-25 feet of grain at a Gavilon Grain site Tuesday afternoon. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle)
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Two men died after being buried under 20-25 feet of grain at a Gavilon Grain site Tuesday afternoon. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle)
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Two dead after grain elevator accident in south Wichita

By Kaitlyn Alanis And Jason Tidd

January 02, 2018 02:44 PM

Update, 5:11 p.m.

Both workers have been removed from the grain elevator, a dispatch supervisor confirmed. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Update, 4:20 p.m.

Both workers who are trapped in a grain elevator are now visible, Sedgwick County fire District 1 deputy chief Larry Tangney said. They were buried by about 20 to 25 feet of grain.

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The emergency crews’ response is now a recovery effort, Tangney said.

It is not yet confirmed if the workers were employed by Gavilon Grain.

Tangney said crews will be on scene of the accident for several hours, but another update is expected in an hour.

Original story

Emergency crews are responding to a grain bin accident at Gavilon Grain, formerly known as DeBruce Grain, near 55th Street South and Hoover Road in south Wichita.

The Wichita Fire Department is assisting Sedgwick County’s technical rescue team to rescue two workers who are trapped in the grain bin.

WFD assisting @SedgwickCounty with technical rescue team at 5700 blk S Hoover Rd. Two workers trapped in a grain bin. #ictfire #icttraffic

— WichitaFireDept (@WichitaFireDept) January 2, 2018

A dispatch supervisor confirmed the call came in just before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as more details are available.

Kaitlyn Alanis: 316-269-6708, @kaitlynalanis