2nd man dies after tragic incident at west-central Minnesota farm

The tragic incident happened on a farm near Alexandria.
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An accident at a farm in west-central Minnesota has now claimed the lives of two people. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday that a second victim has died after fumes overcame three people Saturday in a silo outside of Alexandria. 

A 49-year-old man, identified as Steven T. Boesl, died at the scene. A second victim, 47-year-old Curt F. Boesl, of Brandon, Minnesota, died Sunday morning. The condition of an 11-year-old boy, who was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, is unknown. 

The tragic situation happened around 10:50 a.m. Saturday at a farm on Gravel Pit Road NW north of Millerville, with a father and son who were working on top of the silo being overwhelmed by fumes. Another son outside the silo called 911, and also called his uncle who lived nearby. 

The uncle, Steven Boesl, entered the silo trying to save his brother and nephew only to be incapacitated by the fumes. 

The trio was removed from the silo by the Millerville Fire Department, with those first responders performing resuscitation efforts until ambulance personnel arrived. The boy's father, Curt Boesl, was taken by Life Link III helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital. 

According to WCCO, Curt Boesl was the assistant chief of the Millerville Fire Department, and Steven Boesl was a retired firefighter. 

A GoFundMe for the families impacted by the tragedy raised over $15,000 and is no longer accepting donations. 

Grain silos are known to be one of the most hazardous places to work in any industry. Bloomberg reports that there were 29 entrapment incidents reported on farms in 2016, of which 18 proved fatal.

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