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Workers strive to remove the bin. This photo was sent to the Bulletin at 11:09 a.m.
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Another view of the toppled bin.

A grain bin blew over in Hershey Monday morning onto two sets of track on Pacific's main lines, halting train traffic for nearly two hours.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said railroad officials were notified at 11 a.m. that the bin had blown over. Davis said the bin was removed and the track was cleared at 12:48 p.m.

No railroad property or personnel were harmed, Davis said.

North winds gusted up to 40 miles an hour at the time, according to National Weather Service information in North Platte.

A phone call to the Scoular Grain company, the company in charge of the bins, was not promptly returned Monday afternoon.

It is the second grain bin at the Hershey elevator to fall within two weeks. On the morning of April 28, strong wind crumpled the side of another bin in the same row of bins. That bin hung suspended by its top, which was fastened to an overhead auger scaffold, for a few hours.

The  top tore off around 3:30 p.m. and fell near the railroad tracks below, but the rest of the bin remained upright. A northwest wind gusted that day up to 58 miles an hour where national weather service measurements are recorded in North Platte.

Train traffic was halted as a precaution for the rest of the afternoon on April 28. On April 29, a work crew braved continuing strong wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour to take the bin down and lay it on its side out of harm's way.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/12/2014
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