Man dies in Dayton grain bin accident

DAYTON – A man died early Tuesday afternoon after falling into a grain bin while trying to empty it with other farm workers.

The man, whose name has not been released by Webster County Sheriff’s deputies, was working at 3442 Oak Ave., which is about five miles northwest of Dayton.

Chief Deputy Rod Strait said the man and two coworkers were in the process of emptying a grain bin on that property early Tuesday afternoon. After one worker left, another realized the man had gone missing and called 911.

The call came in at 1:49 p.m.

Strait said the Webster County Sheriff’s Department responded along with Trinity Regional Medical Center and fire departments from the surrounding area. Firefighters from Dayton, Gowrie and Stratford were all on the scene.

“Everybody started evacuating the building by opening up the sides the empty the grain as soon as possible,” Strait said.

The man’s body was removed from the grain bin around 2:45 p.m., and Webster County Medical Examiner Dr. Dan Cole arrived on scene at 3:30 p.m.

An autopsy will be performed at a later date to determine the manner and cause of death.

“At this point we can’t determine if the individual had an accident or if he had a medical incident,” Strait said. “An autopsy has been ordered to help determine the cause.”