ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) After a tense 90 minutes, rescuers pulled a man from a grain bin in eastern Allen County.
Rescue crews were called just after 9 a.m. to the area of Dawkins and Brobst roads, just west of the Indiana-Ohio state line, on a report that someone had fallen into a grain bin on the property. That area is about eight miles east of New Haven.
At the scene, dozens of fire and rescue workers, including the Fort Wayne Fire Department’s special operation rescue team and EMS crews, gathered just outside the bin while others worked through a service door in its lower level. Just before 10 a.m., crews on ladders moved to the top of the bin to drop in.
Around 10:30 a.m., crews began to vacuum out the grain bin. By 10:45, rescuers pulled the man out. He was taken to an awaiting medical helicopter and airlifted to a local hospital.
A family friend of the farm’s owner told NewsChannel 15’s Holly Campbell that the man went into the grain bit through a side door to move around the grain when he stepped on an air pocket and the soybeans inside started burying him. The man said the soybeans enveloped the worker to his elbows. Fortunately, the worker was able to reach his cell phone to call for help, the man said.
Firefighters said rescues like this are rare and that’s why training is so critical.
“We have a team that trains and this is one of their specialties and they have some special pieces of equipment and the training that goes along with it,” Fort Wayne Fire Assistant Chief Paul Veldman said.
Officials said the man, who was not named, was okay.