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Fundraiser set up for family of Minnesota man killed in grain bin accident

John Evers, of Wabasha, was 67.
John Evers

John Evers, right

A fundraising effort is underway for the family of the Minnesota man who was killed in a workplace accident this past week.

John Evers, a 67-year-old Wabasha resident, died Monday evening in a grain bin at a local feed store

According to the Wabasha Police Department, officers were dispatched to Gerken's Feed and Grain around 7 p.m. that night on a report of a man who was missing in the bin. 

First responders pulled him out after cutting the bin open to find him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A friend of the family has launched a GoFundMe on their behalf, with a goal of $50,000 to help them cover expenses. As of this writing, the effort has raised over $1,500.

Though it's not clear what Evers' official cause of death is, grain bins are notoriously dangerous, representing a major workplace hazard on America's farms. 

Over 900 grain bin accidents — sometimes called grain engulfment — have been reported over the past 50-plus years, with a 62 percent fatality rate, Farm Progress notes. 

Workers can become trapped in the grain and quickly suffocate, while another risk is that stored grain can emit fumes — which can build up in the enclosed bins and become deadly. 

Last year, three family members, including a father and his 11-year-old son, died because of such fumes on a farm in Millerville, Minnesota.

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