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Elevator splits in Oakley

By The Hays Daily News

OAKLEY — Emergency personnel and business officials were on the scene of an elevator that split open Tuesday afternoon in Oakley, located in Logan County.

The incident happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Frontier Ag Inc.

No injuries were reported, and all employees were accounted for.

Ben Brandvik, grain marketing manager with Frontier Ag, just had arrived on the scene mid-afternoon Tuesday to see the damage. He said insurance adjusters were called to survey the area in order to deem it safe enough to begin the cleanup process.

Brandvik described the bins as two cement grain storage units that were part of the elevator's annex. He said each bin could hold approximately 25,000 bushels when full.

No cause had been determined as to why the bins failed, according to Brandvik.

“It seems like an anomaly,” he said. “I haven't seen anything like this since I started with Frontier Ag.”

While the structure can be replaced, Brandvik said he was relieved no one was injured or in danger when the collapse happened.

“It certainly could have been a lot worse,” he said. “It was pretty vacant at that end of the facility. If something like this was going to happen, I'm glad it was there where no one was.”