9-year-old killed during grain bin repair

Boy became trapped as family tried fixing auger
9-year-old killed during grain bin repair

A 9-year-old boy died when he became trapped in a grain bin Thursday, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews were called to 2558 Dry Hollow Road in the town of Liberty at 11:18 a.m. for a report of a boy trapped in a grain bin. Multiple fire departments and technical rescue crews worked for more than an hour until they found the child.

“They cut holes in the side of the corn bin to get the corn out, cut on all sides to keep it level so there wasn’t more weight on one side than the other, just to get the corn out and get the child out,” Grant County Chief Deputy Jack Johnson said.

The boy was found at 12:35 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said the half-full 7,000 to 8,000 bushel grain bin’s auger had become stuck, and family members, including the boy, were attempting to fix it when the boy became trapped.

Med Flight was called but ultimately not needed. Despite the child’s young age, officials said it is the type of thing that may happen on a farm.

“We’re not looking at any foul play or criminal activity,” Johnson said.

Sheriff’s officials confirmed the family who lives on the farm is Mennonite. They have not yet released the name of the child who died, as family is still being notified.