Indiana man OK after grain bin rescue

Firefighters respond to a grain bin rescue in Centerville, Ind. (Provided Photo/WDTN/Mike Hoey)
Firefighters respond to a grain bin rescue in Centerville, Ind. (Provided Photo/WDTN/Mike Hoey)

CENTERVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana man is alive after corn buried him to his shoulders in a grain bin.

The Palladium-Item reports 68-year-old George Staley of Richmond told rescuers he was fine after being freed Saturday.

Malcolm Merkamp, who farms near Centerville, 60 miles east of Indianapolis, said he and Staley were loading a truck with corn from the bin when the auger became stuck. After Staley went inside to work on the auger, corn started rolling over him. Merkamp said he was able to turn off the auger before corn completely buried the other man.

Firefighters cut holes in the bin to release the corn. The rescue took about two hours.

Merkamp says Staley refused additional medical care after being freed from the bin and checked by medical personnel.

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