UPDATE 3 - Residents recount grain elevator collapse

Salome Dominguez's 8-year-old daughter is now scared to walk near the grain elevator facility at the intersection of Ohio and State streets. After all, the girl saw the grain bin, made of galvanized steel, collapse and dump about 7 million pounds of corn in the area Tuesday.
Cary Ashby
Dec 2, 2010

 

Salome Dominguez's 8-year-old daughter is now scared to walk near the grain elevator facility at the intersection of Ohio and State streets.

After all, the girl saw the grain bin, made of galvanized steel, collapse and dump about 7 million pounds of corn in the area Tuesday.

Dominguez said a crack started on the side of the bin and got larger before finally splitting open. She said the "big noise" sounded like a knife ripping something.

"My kids were crying and we were running. I left my door open; I just tried to get my kids out," said Dominguez, who was holding one of her children at the time of Tuesday's incident.

Dominguez said her children don't want to live close to the elevator facility anymore. The family, which includes her husband and their four children, have lived at 31 State St. for the last six years.

(NOTE - To view photos of the collapse, as well as the clean up, click on these ReflectorCam 2.0 galleries HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.)

Melissa Wilcox, of 3 Reed St., came home from the grocery store and found her front yard covered with a massive amount of grain. As of Wednesday morning, she said her car, which was surrounded by corn, won't be going anywhere anytime soon, but wasn't damaged.

"There's a little bit of corn in the basement, but other than that we're OK," Wilcox said. "It doesn't seem like the foundation was hurt or anything."

From where she lives, her family sees the bin and the two concrete silos, which remain in place, every day.

"You hear it running, but you never think something like this would happen; it's crazy," Wilcox said.