Grandson Helps Save Man Buried in Grain Bin
ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) -- A northern Illinois man who became buried up to his chin in a grain bin has been rescued.

That's thanks in large part to efforts by the man's grandson to clear corn away from his chest.

Seventy-three-year-old Roger Bates became trapped Friday while working on the farm in the village of Rockton, a few miles south of the Wisconsin state line.

Matthew Knott is the Rockford Fire Department division chief.

He tells the Rockford Register Star that the man's grandson, Michael, deserves a lot of the credit for helping Bates and calling 911.

It took harnessed rescuers five hours of painstaking work digging with their hands and shovels to free Bates safely. They used metal sheets to keep grain from falling back in on the man.
02 01 14 by Newsroom
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