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Man stuck for hours in Northern California wheat silo

March 22, 2012 |  8:54 am

Firefighters in Northern California rescued a man after he was stuck several hours inside a wheat silo.

Yolo County authorities said three employees were inside one of the silos at Adams Grain in Dunnigan, about 40 miles northwest of Sacramento, when one of them became stuck Tuesday morning.

Officials believe that he walked into an air pocket in grain that had not yet settled, and the grain then fell in around him.

Firefighters had to suction much of the wheat out of the silo before they could rescue the man, a process that took several hours, officials said. The man reportedly went numb in his legs from the weight of all the grain around him.

"It's slow going, the more grain we can pump out, the better," Fire Chief Jeff Gilbert with the City of Williams Fire Protection Authority said at the time.

Firefighters gave the 26-year-old man oxygen and put harnesses on him to keep him up as the grain was sucked out, officials said. When they finally got enough grain out, they lowered a backboard into the silo and brought him out.

He was flown to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment and was listed in stable condition.


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