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Three more victims of Kansas grain elevator blast are found

Charlie Riedel’s picture of Teagan Keil being comforted is one of the most sensitive grieving pictures I’ve seen. Riedel not only informs the viewer with the grain elevator and the barricades, but he gives us an understated, emotional scene that makes us care. It shows Teagan’s pain without intruding into a tender moment. I can’t look away.

Associated Press reports

ATCHISON, Kansas -- The final three bodies were recovered Monday from the burnt wreckage of a Kansas grain elevator where a weekend explosion killed six people and injured two others, a company official said.

Bob Knief, a Bartlett Grain Company senior vice president, declined to discuss the identities of the three victims found Monday, but relatives identified two of them as Curtis Field, 21, and state grain inspector Travis Keil.

Over the past four decades, there have more than 600 explosions at grain elevators around the U.S., killing more than 250 people and injuring more than 1,000, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Read more…