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A close call prompts warnings about farm, ranch safety

Chancellor Community Fire Department
A tragedy was narrowly averted when a farmer trapped in a grain bin barely escaped with his life.

CHANCELLOR, S.D.  — With harvest season getting underway, fire departments are sending out a reminder about grain bin safety.

The Chancellor Community Fire Department says crews were called to an area north of town for a man trapped in a grain bin. Officials say the man was in waist-deep corn when the call came in Sunday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2023.

In the five minutes it took crews to get on the scene, he had sunk to his neck. Crews were able to get corn away from the man and get him out around an hour later.

Due to his age and exhaustion, the man was flown to a local hospital for observation.

Some things authorities want people to keep in mind when it comes to ranch and farm safety are to make sure someone knows where you are and to call 911 as soon as possible in the event of an emergency.

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