More Details Emerge In Rural Pelican Rapids Man Trapped In Grain Bin

More Details Emerge In Rural Pelican Rapids Man Trapped In Grain Bin Click to Enlarge

Some luck and good training saved the life of a farmer trapped at the bottom of a bin, buried by hundreds of bushels of ground corn at a farm just south of Pelican Rapids. Fire Chief Trevor Steeves says the victim was cleaning out a plugged feed line when he tripped a sensor, which flooded the bin with the grain.

Steeves says firefighters used buckets to start digging out the corn and then brought in a giant industrial construction vacuum to suck out the remainder of the grain.

Fire Chief Trevor Steeves has had extensive training on such rescues but he says very few victims survive these type of accidents. He says the 70-year old man is "fortunate."

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