Grain Elevator Accident Claims Life of 32-Year-Old Man

September 23, 2019

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Grain Elevator Accident Claims Life of 32-Year-Old Man
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A 32-year-old man died Sunday at the Interstate Commodities Inc. grain elevator in Fremont, NE after he became trapped inside of a grain bin, several local news organizations reported. 

Emergency personnel responded to the site after receiving a call at about 2:20 p.m. that the worker, Zane Fecht of Bellevue, was stuck inside the bin. Fecht is thought to have fallen into the bin while he was clearing a crust of rotten grain, Fremont Fire Capt. Pat Tawney said in an interview with the Fremont Tribune. The official told NBC News affiliate WOWT that another worker who was with Fecht went away from the bin for several minutes and discovered that the man was missing when he returned.

Because the area where the man was trapped was difficult to reach, firefighters were forced to repel down about 120 ft inside of the grain elevator to reach the victim, Dodge County Sheriff Steve Hespen said in coverage by the Tribune. Officials said in a report by CBS News affiliate KMTV that the bin was holding some 10,000 bushels of grain when Fecht became trapped.  

About 40 firefighters were on scene for nearly eight hours during the incident.

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