A Randolph County man is dead after an apparent accident on his family's farm, just east of Red Bud, Illinois. Emergency crews were called to the 6900 block of Griggs Road just before noon Monday.
Firefighters arrived to learn that 44 year old Jeffery Guebert had fallen into a grain elevator. Rescue workers cut holes in the side of the silo in an attempt to retrieve Guebert, but it was too late. His body was recovered by late afternoon.
Randolph County authorities are still trying to determine how Guebert fell into the elevator.
Illinois State Police say 55 year old Mickey Clayton was killed when propane truck he was driving rear-ended a coal truck and caught fire. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. along County Line Road near Blackstump Road, just east of Steelville.
Firefighters had begun to put the fire out when a propane leak sent them ducking for cover. Moments later, an explosion sent a fireball more than 100 feet into the air. It took about 40 firefighters another hour to get the fire out.
The driver of the coal truck wasn't hurt.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated.