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Vigil Honors 6 Killed In Atchison Grain Elevator

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Family and friends of six men killed in a northeast Kansas grain elevator explosion were honored by a vigil marking the one-year anniversary of their deaths.

The men died Oct. 29, 2011, when the Bartlett Grain elevator in Atchison exploded.

During a vigil Sunday in Atchison, relatives honored John Burke, Ryan Federinko, Curtis Fields, Chad Roberts, Travis Keil and Darrek Klahr.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports the vigil included prayers and Bible readings. Each man's obituary was read aloud, followed by a bell tolling and a moment of silence.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in April the Bartlett could have prevented the grain-dust explosion by addressing addressed hazards known in the industry. OSHA sought $406,000 in penalties.

Bartlett officials are disputing the finding and the fines.


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