Avalanche Of Wheat

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 8:38am

Two huge grain silos collapse, unleashing a mountain of wheat.

Millions of dollars worth of wheat is on the ground at Humphrey's Co-Op in Altus, Oklahoma after two huge grain silos collapsed Sunday.

Jim allen escaped deathby only seconds when the silos collapsed.

"The good Lord was watching over me. It just wasn't my time," he says.

Seconds before tons of wheat poured out onto the ground, the Co-Op manager parked near the silo.

He knew something wasn't right.

He heard bolts popping and saw the wheat bin bulging.

"I just knew it was a matter of time and that bin was coming down. So I jumped in my truck, floored it, got probably 75 to 80 yards away and it just split right open," he recalls. "I was watching in my review mirror because I was driving in reverse. It was just an instant cloud of dust and you couldn't see anything until the dust settled."

When the dust settled cleanup began.

Crews are using grain vacs to suck up the mess.

Jim Allen knows he's one lucky man.

Things could've been much worse.

"Harvest is over early, we're usually just now getting started. We would've had a full crew out there and maybe even customers involved. There definitely would've been fatalities," he says.

Officials say it will take two weeks to get it all cleaned up.

Very little wheat will be lost.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation

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