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Fergus Falls man who died from grain bin accident identified

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office released the name Monday of the 42-year-old man who died after becoming trapped in grain silo Friday.

Trevor Jay Gillespie, 42, of Fergus Falls died Friday after being taken to Lake Region Healthcare with injuries he suffered in the accident.

A funeral service for Gillespie is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Elbow Lake.

At 12:46 p.m. Friday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call that a grain elevator worker had become trapped in a grain silo south of Fergus Falls, off of U.S. Highway 59.

The Sheriff’s Office, Dalton Fire & Rescue and the Fergus Falls Fire Department responded and dismantled the bottom of the silo, allowing the man to get free, however, Gillespie didn’t survive the incident.

Federal statistics show grain entrapments tend to happen to younger workers, and while farm deaths have declined, entrapments have not.

Grain entrapment occurs when a victim becomes submerged in grain, typically within a storage structure.

Once it begins, the grain behaves as a suction, pulling the person into it.

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