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Three family members overcome by fumes in silo, one dies

A man died while trying to save his brother and nephew.

A tragedy in west-central Minnesota left a man dead and two of his relatives in serious condition in a hospital after a farming accident.

The incident unfolded just before 11 a.m. at a farm on Gravel Pit Road Northwest outside of Millerville, Douglas County.

A father and son were working on top of a silo when they were overcome by fumes. Another son outside the silo called 911, and also called his uncle who lived nearby.

The uncle arrived on the scene and entered the silo in an attempt to get his brother and nephew out. He was himself overcome by fumes.

The Millerville Fire Department and first responders got the trio out and began resuscitation efforts. The father and son were airlifted by Life Link III helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital and Children's Hospital in Minneapolis respectively.

The uncle, however, was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this stage, the victims' names are being withheld.

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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