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Monday, June 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Police confirm one fatality in Union Mills fertilizer explosion" [Updated]

See preiminary SB Tribune story here. The incident occurred at the Union Mills plant in LaPorte County.

[Updated 6/25/13] Here is the updated story, which now is headed "Investigators trying to determine what sparked deadly grain elevator explosion" and begins:

UNION MILLS – Police have named the man killed when a grain elevator exploded Monday afternoon in the LaPorte County town of Union Mills.

He was James Swank, 67, of Union Mills.

Swank was an employee of Co-Alliance LLP, operator of the grain elevator.

LaPorte County police say the exact cause of the explosion has yet to be determined and is being investigated by the La Porte County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Fire Marshal's office, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

β€œIt just shook our whole house,” said Loretta Scarborough, who lives nearby.

According to the LaPorte County Coroner, Swank was on top of one of the roughly 175 foot grain elevator towers when a possible grain dust blast knocked him off the edge. He fell to his death and died of multiple blunt force trauma.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 24, 2013 03:53 PM
Posted to Indiana Government