TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Two people are dead following an accident at Andersons Grain Elevators on Edwin Drive in Toledo, according to the company.
Crews arrived on scene responding to a report of two people trapped in the grain elevator just after 9 AM Friday morning. Rescue crews worked for about an hour and a half to extricate the victims before confirming the first death.
The bodies were recovered at 6:06 p.m. and 6:34 p.m. There were taken to the Lucas County Coroner.
Toledo Fire and Rescue said the retrieval efforts were made more difficult because of the 11 million pounds of grain that continued to cave in, as well as the 120 degree temperatures inside the storage tank.
They also thanked the Bowling Green and Pemberville Fire Departments, as well as the Countryline Coop for providing personnel and specialized equipment for the recovery efforts.
A statement from The Andersons is as follows:
At approximately 9 a.m. this morning, The Andersons was alerted that two employees were trapped inside a grain storage tank at our facility on Edwin Drive in Toledo. Toledo Fire and Rescue was contacted immediately and rescue operations were initiated. We are deeply saddened to share that the two employees did not survive. Out of respect for our employees and families, the company will not be providing the names of the two employees at this time.
“The Andersons is profoundly shaken by this tragedy and the loss of two of our own,” said Corey Jorgenson, President of Assets and Originations for The Andersons Trade Group. “We are working closely with authorities to investigate the incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our two teammates.”