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EXCLUSIVE at 10: CBS 58 speaks with survivor of Cambria corn mill explosion

Every worker hurt in the Cambria corn mill explosion is now back home, one month after five people were killed in the blast. A flag flown outside the Didion milling plant is at full staff signifying what the company calls "a stronger tomorrow."


CBS 58's Whitney Martin sat down exclusively with a young man who lost his legs in the tragedy. He’s detailing the tense moments following the 911 calls.



Collin VanderGalien worked at the plant a few short months before he was thrown under a train car in the explosion. He's walking us through the horrific moments that followed, "I was clueless. I kept thinking it was a dream. I didn't know if I was going to see my parents, I didn't know if I was going to see my friends again.”


Collin wasn't working his normal shift when he was in the Didion plant the night it exploded. He was thrown under the train car he was working on and credits two friends for saving his life. One of them was sitting by his side while the other searched for help. He says emergency crews were able to pull him through a small hole formed in the concrete. Collin was trapped for four hours but remembers just over two of them.


His family and friends are helping him move forward. The former Randolph basketball standout is now getting stronger so he can get back on the court.



New Life Fellowship has set up a fund: Checks must say “Collin Fund” in the memo line and should be addressed to the New Life Fellowship

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