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Man dies after falling into grain silo in southern Taiwan

Rescuers had to use forklift to get farmers' association employee out after he was engulfed by grain

(Chiayi County Fire Bureau photo)

(Chiayi County Fire Bureau photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An employee of a farmers' association died in Chiayi County Tuesday morning (June 15) after falling into a silo and being buried under grain.

The Chiayi County Fire Bureau said that it received a report at 9:04 a.m. that someone had been engulfed by grain in a silo at the Yizhu Township Farmers’ Association, CNA reported. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found the spot where the man, who was in his 30s, had been buried. A rescuer said only part of the man's face was visible and that he had lost consciousness.

Firefighters and association personal had to use a forklift to pierce the silo in order to get the man out, per CNA. Once they pulled him out, they found that he was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

He was sent to the Liouying branch of Chi Mei Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The farmers’ association said that the deceased was a staff member. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.