A man who fell into a grain bin in Shelby County late Thursday evening was rescued after about two hours.
At about 9:30 p.m., police and emergency medical services crews were dispatched to Bunge Morristown Grain in northeastern Shelby County on reports of a grain elevator accident.
Investigators said a Bunge employee was working when he fell into the bin. He was trapped in nearly 35 feet of grain.
Co-workers were able to shut off equipment, preventing the man from being sucked down deeper into the bin.
Tammy Davis, of the Morristown Fire Department, said crews were fortunate to be able to rescue the man. Crews from three counties were involved in the rescue.
The man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
"Any time grain is moving, it's dangerous stuff," said Dave Sutherlin, of Hancock County Technical Rescue. "We're just very lucky he was able to make it out as safe and sound as he is."
Investigators did not release the mans identity or what caused the accident.
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