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Rescuers save man trapped inside grain bin


NEAR HORNICK, Iowa (KTIV) -- Rescue officials say a Woodbury County man was up to his chest in grain Tuesday night, after he became trapped in a bin.

Around 6:45, the Hornick Fire Department received a call that a man, Lael Steinoff, was trapped inside the bin, near 300th and Hancock, northeast of Hornick. Officials say he was trying to clear out a jam inside the bin when he became stuck. Authorities say, that's when another man jumped inside the bin to keep Steinoff from being buried.

Firefighters from Hornick, Sergeant Bluff and Sloan, along with volunteers, spent two hours clearing the bin of its contents. While the bin emptied, rescuers up top secured Steinoff by suspending him as the grain depleted.

Finally, around 8:45, Steinoff was freed from the bin. Rescue crews pulled him out the side of the structure, and Hornick fire chief Tom Dirks says he is expected to be alright. Steinoff was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The other man inside the bin escaped without injury.

Dirks says his firefighters had recently completed training for this type of rescue, which they only use once every few years.

Online Reporter: Zach Tecklenburg

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