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Community Shocked by Grain Bin Death Near Washburn, ND

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The 27-year-old man killed in a grain bin accident yesterday afternoon is identified...

And the rural community around Wilton is stunned following the farm-related tragedy.

The McLean County Sheriff's Department says 27-year-old Corneilius Johannes Du Plessis from South Africa was working at the Doepke Farm at 1412 Highway 83 South West 5 miles south of Washburn, when he was killed in a grain bin accident.

The Sheriff's Department says multiple emergency response teams came out to help when they got the call around 10:00 Monday morning.

They cut a hole in the side of the bin to release the corn and get Du Plessis out.

According to the Sheriff's department, he had only been working there for about a month and a half.

"It was just accidental. They were in the grain bin. They were trying to get the load of grain off of the side of the grain bin. One of them went out and thought his friend was following him. The gentleman on the ground started the auger up and it just started sucking and the individual sunk into the corn," McLean County Deputy Rich Hoffer said.

We spoke with another local farmer who had heard about the accident.

He says it's a dangerous, fast-paced business, and slowing down and being more cautious could save a life.

"We're all in a rush. Time is money, everybody knows that, but just slowing down and having policies in place on your farm that help keep people safe sometimes is going to cost you a little time but at least you don't have to spend your time at a funeral," Matthew Johannes said.

Deputy Hoffer says the owner of the farm and all of Du Plessis' friends thought very highly of him.

They say he was a very hard-working and kind man.

His body will be sent back to South Africa, where his mother lives.

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