STURGIS, Ky. (WEHT) – Union County emergency officials responded to a call of two people trapped in a grain bin Wednesday morning. The first person was pulled out of the grain bin around 3:42 p.m.
Now we know the second person has since been pulled out of the grain bin. This happened at the 4500 block of State Road 492. Sturgis and Morganfield firefighters, along with sheriff’s deputies and an Air Evac team, were all involved in the rescue effort.
Union Co. Emergency Management Director Rick White says it happened just before noon when one person fell into the grain inside the bin. Another person then tried to get him out. Family members say the two were uncle and nephew. The first person got out of the bin early Wednesday afternoon, while the other was removed just after 4:00 PM. White credits the nephew for helping keep his uncle alive.
“Of course, when you dig in corn, or you dig in any kind of grain, it’s just going to sink you in, it’s going to suck you in. That’s what happened. He was getting cleared a little bit, and in the process of trying to clear his uncle, he was also getting covered up. So, at one point, he realized that, ‘O.K., what we are doing is no good.’ They called 911,” he said.
White also says the second person was coherent the whole time during the rescue effort. He was flown out from the farm after his rescue. No official word yet on how the first person fell into the grain.
UPDATE: Late tonight we learned the names of the men involved. The uncle is Doug Omer, and the nephew is Logan Gough. White tells us Gough was treated and released earlier this evening. Omer was taken to Deaconess in Evansville. White says Omer is doing well and will be going home tonight.
(This story was originally published on May 4, 2022)