Grain bin accident claims local farmer

By The Paper staff

A North Manchester farmer died Monday, Jan. 6, as a result of a grain bin entrapment.

The farmer, Daniel Haupert, 66, died in the incident at a bin at 8479 N. State Road 13.

According to a news release from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department:

Wabash County Central Dispatch received a call about 1:22 p.m. Jan. 6, of a possible grain bin entrapment. First responder personnel were on-scene within four minutes of the call.

Due to the level of soy beans within the bin, first responders cut several large holes at the base of the bin, and began removing the contents. A St. Vincent Health StatFlight Helicopter responded and was on the ground during the search.

At approximately 2:14 p.m. Haupert was located, but was pronounced deceased by the Wabash County Coroner’s Office.  

On Tuesday, area farmers gathered to help clean up the grain that was dumped on the ground during the rescue efforts.

Multiple emergency agencies responded to assist with the rescue attempt including the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana State Police, North Manchester Police Department, Wabash County Sheriff’s Office, Wabash County EMA, Parkview Health, St. Vincent Health, Wabash City Fire Department, North Manchester Fire Department, Chester Township Fire Department, Pleasant Township Fire Department, and Urbana Fire Department.

Posted on 2020 Jan 14