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Man rescued from local grain bin

CART team called in, rescue tubes used

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 10:18 a.m. CDT

The Morris Fire Protection District rescued an employee of Elburn Cooperative out of a grain bin Friday.

At a little after 2:30 p.m., the fire department was called for a man trapped waist deep in a grain bin.

The bin can hold about 220,000 bushels of grain and it had about 70,000 bushels in it at the time, said Lt. Ron Marx of the Morris department.

When grain goes into the bins, it comes down on an angle so there is more grain on one side of the bin than the other, he said.

The man was in the bin doing routine work when some of the grain fell, said Marx.

It was originally up to his shoulders, but the man was able to dig himself out to his waist.

He could not dig himself out anymore so 911 was called.

He was trapped for about 30 minutes. He was treated on scene and taken to Morris Hospital with minor injuries.

“The concern was the grain would shift and avalanche on top of him,” said Marx.

Rescue workers were able to access the bin from a side hatch so firefighters and Elburn employees were able to shovel and vacuum out some of the grain.

Marx said the area Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer (CART) team was called in, which specializes in such rescues, but ended up not being needed. On scene rescuers were able to use rescue tubes to extract him from the bins.

The tubes had been donated to area fire departments by Elburn about a year ago, said Marx.

Coal City fire department and LyondellBasell rescue team assisted Morris, as well as the employees of Elburn. Marx said the employees are the ones who handle the grain everyday and were the experts on how to remove it.

“We needed their help and they needed our help and it worked out well,” said Marx.

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