Hutch CC outfielder dies in grain elevator collapse



Sad news today out of Russell — one of the two men killed in the collapse of a grain elevator was Hutchinson Community College freshman outfielder Sean Banks, 19, of Russell. Here’s the link to the story from the Hutch News.

Banks played in 1 game for the Blue Dragons this season as HCC made its way to a Region VI title and third place at the NJCAA World Series. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Banks family and the family of Max Greve, who also died in the accident.

Here’s the official statement from HCC:


By Steve Carpenter

HCC Sports Information Director

Hutchinson Community College freshman outfielder Sean Banks was one of two men killed on Thursday in a grain elevator collapse in Banks’ home town of Russell, Kan.

Banks and Fort Hays State University student Max Greve, both employed at the Russell grain elevator, were killed when a portion of the structure collapsed while both were unloading a semi filled with grain.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Sean’s family during this tragic time,” HCC head coach Kyle Crookes said Thursday evening. “Sean was a tremendous young man who was a great teammate. We will miss him but Sean will always be a Blue Dragon.”

HCC president Dr. Ed Berger called the tragedy “A great loss.”

Banks was a freshman outfielder from Russell who played in just one game during HCC’s 2010 Region VI championship team that finished third at the 2010 NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., earlier this month.

In addition to playing on the Blue Dragon baseball team, Banks was heavily involved in other HCC student activities, including student government and was the 2010 HCC Spring Homecoming King.