Official: 1 trapped in grain silo collapse

A feed mill worker is believed to be trapped after a silo filled with corn collapsed in Roy, Wash.

Published on December 3, 2013 11:52AM

Emergency responders from the South Pierce Fire Department respond to a grain processing feed mill owned by Wilcox Farms in downtown Roy, Wash., Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, after one of its silos collapsed. Three workers escaped, but one is still unaccounted for. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom)

Emergency responders from the South Pierce Fire Department respond to a grain processing feed mill owned by Wilcox Farms in downtown Roy, Wash., Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, after one of its silos collapsed. Three workers escaped, but one is still unaccounted for. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom)

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ROY, Wash. (AP) — A fire official says a Washington state feed mill worker is missing after a grain silo collapsed at a feed mill.

South Pierce Fire & Rescue Chief Bob Vellias said Monday night that a Federal Emergency Management Agency engineer was assessing the building to see whether a search dog could be allowed inside.

Vellias said an employee in his 50s was believed trapped by tons of grain Monday afternoon. The man was not immediately identified.

The News Tribune reports that the chief says because of lighting issues, rescuers don’t expect to be able to fully search the wreckage until today.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the collapse, which eventually filled an office and electrical area with corn. The missing worker was in that building.

Vellias said Wilcox Farms officials were not speaking with reporters Monday. The family farm supplies eggs throughout the Pacific Northwest.



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