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Farm worker rescued from grain bin in Steele County

The 21-year-old man was conscious and able to speak after the rescue.

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The holes cut into the grain bin, and the rescue panels used seen inside the bin after the rescue.
Steele County Sheriff Wayne Beckman
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COLGATE, N.D. — A 21-year-old man is lucky to be alive after getting pulled from a large grain bin in Colgate on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Steele County Sheriff Wayne Beckman said they were called out to the farm at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday and that a worker was stuck in a 40 bushel bin filled with corn. The man was buried from the neck down, Beckman said.

Nearby workers and rescue crews cut triangle-shaped holes into the bin, taking about two hours to get the man out with rescue panels. Beckman said they surrounded the trapped worker with the panels while digging out the corn around him.

As Beckman recalled, the man was conscious and able to speak after the rescue. He is expected to survive, with the severity of injuries unclear at this point.

A Sanford air ambulance showed up, but weather conditions were unsafe to fly the injured man. Ground paramedics brought him to Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

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