Tragedy at Grain Elevator Puts Note of Sadness in Harvest

Kansas Viewpoint

Two workers die when elevator in Russell collapses; authorities say structural failure, not explosion caused collapse

Published on: June 25, 2010
Two young men lost their lives yesterday and the rest of Kansas got a reminder just how dangerous bringing in the harvest can sometimes be.

Max Greve, 21, was a Nebraska native and a student at Fort Hays State University. Sean Banks, 19, was a freshman at Hutchinson Community College and an outfielder of the Hutch CC baseball team.

The two were unloading a semi full of wheat at the Agco Inc. elevator in Russell when two bins collapsed, burying them in wheat. Their bodies were found about three hours later.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the friends, co-workers and families of the young men who lost their lives.