One Dead From LaPorte County Grain Explosion

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June 24, 2013 — The Indiana Department of Labor says an I-OSHA investigator is en route to the site of a deadly grain elevator incident in Union Mills today.

Labor Department spokesman Robert Dittmer says the elevator facility has had no other investigations by the Department in the past 20 years. He says the Indiana Occupational & Safety Health Administration representative should be on-site today to investigate the scene of a grain elevator incident as quickly as possible.

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department says it has deputies on the scene where a fatal grain elevator explosion killed one person, south of LaPorte between US Highway and US Hwy 30.

Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer issued the following statement via Major John Boyd:


At 1:29 pm (CST) the La Porte County Regional 911 Dispatch Center received a number of 911 calls reporting an explosion at the Union Mills Co-Op, which is located at 3551 West 800 South in Union Mills.

Deputies from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, La Porte County Emergency Medical Service and Noble Township Fire Department were dispatched to the scene and upon arrival, the scene was quickly assessed and it was confirmed that one (1) person was deceased as a result of the explosion. All other employees were accounted for and no other injuries were reported.

It was also confirmed that the explosion occurred and limited to a concrete grain silo that is adjacent to a railroad spur on the grounds of the Co-Op. No hazardous chemicals were involved or released as a result of the explosion and it is not believed that a fire was involved. The cause of the explosion is not yet known and it was believed that the victim, who is a Co-Op employee, was working in the silo at the time of the explosion.

Emergency responders and investigators remain on scene and as additional information is learned it will be made available.”


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