Man dies after cleaning out semi-tanker


A man is dead after an accident with a semi-tanker truck in southwestern Minnesota.

According to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office, two men – David Syring, 34, and Jamie Hyatt, 34 – were cleaning out a semi tank filled with distiller syrup Thursday.

While they were working, something fell inside the tank and plugged a hole. One of them went in to remove the piece but passed out. The second person went in afterwards and collapsed.

The sheriff's office says someone called 911. When the fire department arrived, they cut an opening into the tanker and pulled the victims out. One was unresponsive.

The men were brought to Granite Falls Hospital and identified.

Syring was treated and released Friday morning. Hyatt died and has been brought to the Midwest Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

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