Grain Elevator Explosion, Hinton, Iowa

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UPDATED: 5:12 PM – 22 Mar 2016

We received verification today that it is safe to remove the grain from the facility, we are working on getting all of the grain removed in a timely manner. The feed mill was up and running following the incident, but as a safety precaution is temporarily shut down for the removal of the grain. The employees who were injured in the explosion are still being cared for at UNMC in Omaha. 

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, read the report that was released by the State Fire Marshall yesterday HERE

UPDATED: 2:32 PM – 21 Mar 2016

On March 17, 2016, an explosion at Central Valley Ag’s grain elevator in Hinton Iowa occurred at 1:10 PM. Two Central Valley Ag employees were taken to the hospital immediately following the explosion. These employees have been identified as Gustavo Gutierrez and Shane Noreen, both of these individuals are receiving the best care possible at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. After talking to both families, we believe that both Gustavo and Shane are in stable condition and have seen slight improvement over the weekend. We will continue to pray for their recovery.

The following experts have been working over the weekend to determine the cause of the explosion; NOHR Engineering Company, LLC, Nationwide Insurance, the Iowa State Fire Marshall along with Dahl and Associates, Inc. A cause for the explosion has not been determined yet, but the investigation will continue. The Iowa State Fire Marshall plans to release a statement today.

UPDATED: 3:04 PM – 18 Mar 2016

Yesterday, March 17, 2016, an explosion at Central Valley Ag’s grain elevator in Hinton Iowa occurred at 1:10 PM. Two Central Valley Ag employees were taken to the hospital immediately following the explosion. We are not releasing the names of the employees at this time, per the request of the family. However, we spoke with each of their families this afternoon, and while they are dealing with numerous injuries, both employees are currently in stable condition. They are receiving the best care possible at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. We are praying for their recovery.

The following experts arrived at the scene this morning to determine the cause of the explosion; NOHR Engineering Company, LLC, Nationwide Insurance, the Iowa State Fire Marshall along with Dahl and Associates, Inc. They are all working together to determine the cause of the explosion. Dahl and Associates, Inc. are source and ignition experts who are here to determine the cause of the explosion while the structural integrity of the building is being inspected by NOHR Engineering.

Central Valley Ag’s CEO, Carl Dickinson is keeping his employees a top priority at this time. “We have two priorities at this point; number one is to care for our employees, the two individuals who were injured on site, and all of our other employees who work at our Hinton location,” said Carl. “The second priority is to identify what happened so we can do everything in our power to ensure it never happens again.”

Central Valley Ag has provided a counseling team for employees and their families.

UPDATED: 4:51 PM – 17 Mar 2016

An explosion at our grain elevator in Hinton, IA occurred today at 1:10 PM. Two individuals were taken to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City immediately following the event. Both are now being transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The identities of those involved in the incident will not be released at this time, but we have notified their families. Safety is a priority for Central Valley Ag, and we are currently investigating the cause of the explosion. Our main concern right now is the condition of our employees. We will provide a counseling team for employees and their families as soon as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hinton employees and their families at this time.

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