UPDATED: Emergency crews trying to rescue man who fell into silo
Rescue crews are trying to save a man who has been pinned by corn in a silo at Feely's Elevator. The man, an employee of the elevator, had gone into the silo to move the corn around 11:30 a.m. when he was trapped.
"When he was in there the corn shifted on him and pinned him up against what would be the south side of the grain bin," police chief Brian Lindquist said.
Lindquist said he could hear the man tapping on the wall of the silo when he arrived.
Rescue crews on scene report the man has corn up to his chest. He is alive and conscious and has not reported any injuries. There is concern, though, because the corn slopes up to the north wall of the silo. Trains on the nearby railroad tracks have been stopped for fear the vibration would cause the corn to shift further.
The access hatch in the top of the silo is too far away from where the man is trapped so a hole has been cut in the top of the silo and an emergency room medic was been lowered into the bin. Before moving the victim, rescue workers will build a plywood barricade so the corn won't shift and bury him further.
It could be several hours still before the man is pulled from the silo.
Farmington police and firefighters were the first on the scene. Various other agencies have have joined in the effort to extract the man including Rosemount Fire Department, Hastings Fire Department and Dakota County Special Operations.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.