A freak accident took the lives of two men and a third man remains hospitalized in critical condition.
The accident happened Monday night when a veterinarian fell into an underground grain silo and the two other men went in after him. All three lost consciousness from a lack of oxygen.
The grain mixed with water created a deadly environment in that underground silo. On Tuesday, we learned a second man died and the community of horse owners in the area just south of New River who knew the 61-year-old veterinarian well are in shock.
Just outside New River, horse properties dot the landscape and many horse owners depended on veterinarian William Tryon.
"It has been like getting kicked in the stomach," said Catherine Gottschalk, who runs the Arizona American Saddlebred Rescue. She wrote a touching tribute to Tryon on the group's Facebook page. Some of the horses she takes in can be in pretty bad shape.
"He always left here and I was boggled with information sometimes and he was just a great teacher and he wanted his clients to be able to provide for the horses, even when he wasn't around and a lot of vets don't do that," she said.
Dr. Tryon was trying to clear water out of the underground silo when he fell in. Phoenix firefighters say the mixture of grain and water created an environment with little oxygen. Dr. Tryon died from his injuries and two other men who tried to rescue him were taken to an area hospital. One of them died Tuesday. His name has not been released.
Gottschalk used Dr. Tryon to care for her rescued horses for the past five years, but she says others in the area have been working with the vet and his team for decades.
"You are not only losing your veterinarian and neighbor, we are losing a friend and family member. I think people are taking it really, really hard," she said.
Many of Tryon's clients and friends are planning a vigil for him at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.