Employee found dead in silo at Cambria mill

Associated Press
Columbia County deputies were called to Didion Milling in Cambria Dec. 8 after an employee was reported missing. Rescue workers found the deceased employee in one of the corn bins after hours of searching.

CAMBRIA, Wis. (AP) – The man who died in a corn silo at a mill in Columbia County was a 52-year-old employee, sheriff's officials said. 

Deputies were called to Didion Milling in Cambria Tuesday where an employee was reported missing and had been working in or around a corn silo. 

First responders from Cambria, Friesland and Pardeeville were dispatched and began search and rescue efforts. The employee was found deceased in one of the corn bins after hours of searching, the State Journal  reported. 

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"We are assisting authorities as they investigate the cause of this tragic event and will not be able to release additional details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with our employee's loved ones and our grieving work family," Didion said in a statement. 

The incident remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In March, a contract worker was seriously injured at the plant after he fell 30 feet from a catwalk in a corn dryer. Also, five people died and 14 others were injured in an explosion at the plant in May 2017.