Indiana man OK after grain bin rescue

FILE - In this July 9, 2009 file photo three combines harvest the winter wheat on the Cooksey farm near Roggen, Colo. Farm-state lawmakers are pushing for final passage of the massive, five-year farm bill as it heads to the House floor Wednesday — member by member, vote by vote. There are goodies scattered through the bill for members from all regions of the country: a boost in money for crop insurance popular in the Midwest; higher cotton and rice subsidies for Southern farmers; renewal of federal land payments for Western states. There are cuts to the food stamp program — $800 million a year, or around 1 percent — for Republicans who say the program is spending too much money, but they are low enough that some Democrats will support them.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
FILE - In this July 9, 2009 file photo three combines harvest the winter wheat on the Cooksey farm near Roggen, Colo. Farm-state lawmakers are pushing for final passage of the massive, five-year farm bill as it heads to the House floor Wednesday — member by member, vote by vote. There are goodies scattered through the bill for members from all regions of the country: a boost in money for crop insurance popular in the Midwest; higher cotton and rice subsidies for Southern farmers; renewal of federal land payments for Western states. There are cuts to the food stamp program — $800 million a year, or around 1 percent — for Republicans who say the program is spending too much money, but they are low enough that some Democrats will support them. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

CENTERVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana man is alive after corn buried him to his shoulders in a grain bin.

The Palladium-Item reports 68-year-old George Staley of Richmond told rescuers he was fine after being freed Saturday.

Malcolm Merkamp, who farms near Centerville, 60 miles east of Indianapolis, said he and Staley were loading a truck with corn from the bin when the auger became stuck. After Staley went inside to work on the auger, corn started rolling over him. Merkamp said he was able to turn off the auger before corn completely buried the other man.

Firefighters cut holes in the bin to release the corn. The rescue took about two hours.

Merkamp says Staley refused additional medical care after being freed from the bin and checked by medical personnel.

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