PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -- Emergency crews rescued a man trapped inside a grain bin near Palmyra, Missouri, Monday morning.
Several fire departments and law enforcement agencies were called to 5532 S Hwy 61 at approximately 8:45 a.m.
Palmyra firefighters said it took about 90 minutes to rescue the man who was submerged in corn up to his neck. He was taken to Blessing Hospital to be checked out, but no serious injuries were apparent on scene.
Firefighters said the man was talking with them throughout the rescue. They said they had to be extra careful when rescuing him.
"We had to be really careful because he happened to be in the middle of the grain bin and kind of a funnel shape. So every mistake that we make causes more corn to come in on him. So we have to be really careful," said Casey Otten, Tri-Township Fire Department Lieutenant.
Crews used grain bin panels to build a ring around the man, in order to safely dig the corn up around him and pull him out. Those panels are still inside the bin.
Palmyra Fire Captain Mark Heidbreder said now is the busiest time for farming accidents, like grain bin entrapments, with harvest in full swing.
"It seems to happen more frequently in the last couple of years. We had one incident last year, we ran one, and we had one this year," he said.
Otten said farmers need to take safety precautions when working in grain bins, like turning electrical devices off and not working alone.
"We would love for them to be in a harness and have a safety line. I know that's not always ideal, it takes a little bit extra time, but your life is worth that extra step and safety," Otten said.
The Quincy Fire Department, Tri-Township Fire Department, Palmyra Fire Department, Hannibal Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, and Air Evac all responded to the scene.
No additional details about the man's name or age were available.