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Worker pulled from farm silo



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Police and firefighters responded to the scene of a farm accident on Friday morning in Imlay Twp. photo by Tom Wearing.
September 22, 2010
IMLAY TWP. — Emergency crews were called to a farm at 959 Brown City Rd. early Friday (Sept. 24), where a worker was reportedly trapped in a silo.

By the time rescue crews arrived around 10 a.m., the 25-year-old farm employee had been pulled from the silo by Kip Siegler, the son of the farm owner Jeff Siegler.

It is believed the victim was inside the silo for about 10 minutes and was overcome by toxic fumes.

Lapeer County EMS workers treated the victim at the scene and transported him to the hospital. His identity and condition were not immediately available.

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Owner Jeff Siegler said the silo had been filled to about 75-percent capacity with corn silage the previous night. He speculated that high winds Friday morning may have suppressed the fumes into the silo.

"I've been doing this for 35 years," said Siegler. "This never should have happened."

A firefighter noted that farm accidents often have tragic outcomes.

"A lot times the rescuer gets trapped too," he said. "At least that didn't happen in this case."

Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies, Imlay City Police, Imlay City Fire Department and Lapeer EMS responded to the scene.

Look for updates to this story at our Web site, www.tricitytimes-online.com.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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