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Grain bin tragedies like Sunday's in Fremont are on the rise

After fatal accident, some rescuers said bins could use a redesign
Posted: 6:55 PM, Sep 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-23 19:55:35-04

FREMONT, Neb. (KMTV) — For 32-year-old Zane Fecht on Sunday, seconds counted. But it took nearly 7 hours for his body to be removed from a grain elevator in Fremont.

Incidents like this one are on the rise, said Nick Gangwish, a rescue training instructor. That's simply because there are more grain bins, he said.

Monday, training that was already scheduled before Sunday's fatal accident took place in Fremont.

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Fecht sank 12 feet into the grain.

"You can get a big crust," said Fremont Fire Captain Jamie Meyer. "It can break off and get on top of you, if you are in the wrong place. If you get tunnel vision, and focus on going down, the grain will go down with you."

Fire fighters say more hatches could be placed in grain bins, or could be larger. But they focus on what they can control: training for what they have now.