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North Marion Quarry No. 388 Powered Haulage Fatality

Marion, Marion County, Kansas
April 21, 2003
No. Killed - 1

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Description of Accident

On the day of the accident, Georgie Vogel (victim) started her shift at approximately 7:00 a.m., her normal starting time.  She reported to the weigh room portion of the office building and began weighing trucks.  Work progressed through the morning without incident.  At 10:58 a.m., David Silhan and Don Berg, Marion County truck drivers, were inside the weigh room signing their weigh tickets.  Silhan looked out the window and observed David Herb, plant manager, driving toward the office building in a pickup truck.

The truck was traveling faster than usual.  Herb did not slow down or change direction but instead continued in a straight line, heading toward the northwest corner of the office building.  The truck crashed through the building wall and traveled into the weigh room.  Vogel was pinned between her desk and a file cabinet by the truck.

Emergency personnel and others were dispatched to the scene.  Vogel was treated at the scene and transported by helicopter to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead later that afternoon.  Death was attributed to multiple blunt force trauma injuries.  Herb remained in the cab of his vehicle and received care from emergency personnel and Marion County Sheriff personnel.  He was transported to a local hospital, checked and released.

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