Authorities ID Nebraska Grain Elevator Worker Killed

By: AP
By: AP

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) - Authorities have identified a grain elevator worker killed in a southeast Nebraska anhydrous ammonia explosion.

Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith says 63-year-old John Bennett, of Greenwood, was killed in the Thursday night blast at the Tecumseh branch of the Midwest Farmer's Co-Op.

A 911 call reported the explosion around 6 p.m. Thursday. Rescue crews took Bennett and another worker to a local hospital, where Bennett later died.

Two others, including a sheriff's deputy, were treated for non-life threatening injuries or exposure to anhydrous ammonia.

Anhydrous ammonia is used by farmers as fertilizer. The colorless gas can burn the eyes, throat and damage lung tissue at high exposures.

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