The Dillwyn elevator, owned by Kanza Coop, was closed Thursday afternoon after an accident ripped off one of the structures loading chutes and dump a large pile of grain on the ground covering a semi truck and trailer that struck the loading chute.
Paul Eisenhour, manager for the Dillwyn branch said the accident happened just before 1 p.m., Wednesday. A semi truck and trailer struck the loading chute on the southwest side of the elevator. With the chute removed the corn that was inside the elevator poured out onto the ground covering the semi truck that struck the chute.
No one was injured in the accident. The driver was able to escape from the truck before it was engulfed in the growing pile of corn. The truck was owned by a hauling company out of Oklahoma. No information on the company or the driver has been released yet.
Eisenhour said the elevator will be closed for the rest of the week for clean up and repairs. He expects it to reopen on Monday providing they do not have to have a structural engineer come in and inspect the structural integrity of the building.