Mt. Carroll, Illinois — On July 28, 2010, after 14-year-old Wyatt Whitebread and 19-year-old Alejandro Pacas died inside a Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. grain elevator, the Mt. Carroll, Illinois tragedy sparked a national discussion on grain safety. Will Piper, a co-worker of Whitebread and Pacas who was entrapped with them, survived that day.
There were 71 grain engulfments between 2013 and 2014, resulting in 28 deaths, according to Ag Rescue Manager Dave Newcomb. He added that 7 out of 10 incidents occur on the family farm.
In 2014, Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. was found guilty on three counts of negligence and were ordered to pay $16 million in total to the Pacas and Whitebread’s families, including $875,000 to Piper.
In this documentary, survivors of the tragic grain bin incident tell their harrowing and traumatic story.