Man Walks Away after Being Trapped in Greene County Silo

FEBRUARY 1, 2006 - Posted at 11:31 p.m. CST

SCHUGTOWN, AR - A Greene County farm laborer was able to walk away following emergency room treatment after being trapped in a grain silo on the Greene and Craighead County line early last night.

According to Chief Curtis Davenport of the Paragould-based Greene County Search & Rescue Squad, team members were called to a farm near Schugtown on County Road 931, also known as County Line Road, at approximately 5 p.m.  Upon arrival, they found a man trapped in grain up to his chest, creating a risky situation for rescue workers, according to Davenport.  "People don't realize it, but you can't just dig yourself out of grain when your in that deep.  It's just like being trapped in sand.  And you can't just grab ahold of his arms and pull him out either...that would tear him apart."

Nearly 50 volunteers worked for almost two hours to free the man, who was then taken to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould for treatment to injuries on his left leg.  Davenport said the man, whose name he did not know, refused further treatment from hospital officials.

Davenport credited his fellow team members with the successful rescue, explaining that most of them have received specialized training for such farm-related accidents.  Members of the Lake City Rescue Squad also assisted in the rescue.