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Man, 73, Killed in Grain Bin Accident on Illinois Farm

Several agencies searched the bin Monday for missing man 73-year-old man

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    Emergency crews were on the scene of a possible grain bin rescue in Genoa after a 73-year-old man may have fallen inside. (Published Monday, May 5, 2014)

    Emergency crews pulled the body of a 73-year-old man from a grain bin on an Illinois farm Monday afternoon after a frantic rescue effort.

    Around 1 p.m., authorities had begun emptying the grain bin at Madey Farms in Genoa after reports that a man may be stuck inside.

    Several hours later, crews removed the body from the grain bin and placed it in a waiting ambulance. Authorities later confirmed that he had died.

    DeKalb County Police said a family member found the man's truck next to the full, 10,000- to 12,000-bushel bin but couldn't locate him.

    He had been working on the bin because it was reportedly clogged, police said.

    The 73-year-old man reportedly worked on the Genoa-Kingston Fire Department for several years.

    Genoa is located about 25 miles east of Rockford.

    A 2013 Purdue University study showed a link between grain bin deaths and the charactistics of each harvest. Wetter harvests tend to spoil quickly and clog, causing more workers to enter the bins to unclog it.