Sand Suffocates Crane Operator Gary Ind. (Spl.) A 47-year-old father of eight children, working a night job as a crane operator to supplement earnings as a daytime steelworker, was suffocated under 10 tons of sand near Griffith late Wednesday. ' Workmen worked three hours with acetylene torches to free the body of Raymond Kollasch, who lived near Gary, from a sand hopper in which he was trapped. Jack Wilson of Gary, foreman at the gravel pit where Kollasch had been working as a craneman, said the victim may have climbed into the hopper to remove a timber that had jammed the hopper in the mouth when the wet sand suddenly caved in.