OAKES, N.D. — A 25-year-old man is dead after police say he was involved in an accident at an Oakes farm on Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Emergency crews were called out at 9:37 a.m. to the farmstead northwest of Oakes where the man was injured in an accident that involved farm equipment, according to the Dickey County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office had not yet released the victim's name Thursday, but a family member confirmed it was 25-year-old Robert “Bobby” Schmit after his obituary was published on InForum Thursday.
According to Dickey County Sheriff Chris Estes, Schmit was one of three people trying to unload 20 tons of cattle feed from a semi-truck trailer. The trailer was tilted at a 45-degree angle and its hatch would not open due to an electrical issue that was likely caused by the cold weather.
Schmit reportedly went in between the trailer and cab of the semi-truck to fix the issue. But when he fixed the wiring, the hatch came open and poured out a large amount of feed at once.
The force was so strong it pushed the trailer forward, crushing Schmit and killing him nearly instantly, the Estes said.
The sheriff added that there was no indication that Schmit and the others were doing anything reckless
“It was standard practice,” he said. “It’s … why we call them accidents, they can happen at any time.”
According to his obituary, Schmit grew up in a large farm family in Dickey County and had just gotten married in August.
A prayer service is planned for 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oakes. A memorial is scheduled for 10 a.m. the next day at the same church.