Man found dead in NC grain bin after 6 hours of rescue attempts

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CRESWELL, N.C. (WNCT/AP) — On Wednesday, the N.C. Department of Labor released new details on the death of a man who fell into a grain bin on Monday at Lake Phelps Grain Inc. in Creswell.

News sources report Washington County Manager Curtis Potter says a second call from Lake Phelps Grain Inc. off U.S. Highway 64 in Creswell on Monday was for a rescue after a previous call indicated there had been a gas leak.

Lake Phelps Grain employee, identified as Elith Trinidad Sosa, was preparing to clean corn from a grain bin. After Sosa opened access holes in the floor of the bin, Sosa entered the bin to start the sweep auger and ensure the holes were clear for the corn to flow through.

Authorities said, after Sosa walked up the “center peak” of corn, which Lake Phelps Grain officials said was about 13 feet high, Sosa sank into the corn and was buried beneath it, ultimately causing his death.

Potter said four teams of three took turns emptying the bin. He said Sosa’s body was located around 3:45 p.m., more than six hours after he had been reported missing.

Deputies say the call came in around 9 a.m. Monday and crews from several local agencies rushed to the scene.

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