Update: Sidney man dies in grain bin accident

Update: Sidney man dies in grain bin accident

SIDNEY — A Sidney man died Wednesday afternoon in a grain bin accident.
 
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said that Roy L. McCarty, 55, of Sidney, was pronounced dead at the scene at Premier Cooperative, 301 S. David St., Sidney at 2:38 p.m. Wednesday.
 
Northrup said that Mr. McCarty was working inside a grain bin at the elevator when he was buried under a large amount of grain.
 
Northrup said an autopsy will be performed on Thursday in Urbana.
 
An inquest may be held at a later date.
 
Specially trained firefighters pulled Mr. McCarty from the grain elevator after he was trapped in grain.
 
“He was buried in a large amount of corn,” Northrup said on Wednesday evening.
Sidney firefighters responded and immediately called for the confined-space rescue team.
 
About 18 firefighters from the area confined-space rescue team took part in freeing the man, working under exceptionally hot conditions. A dozen were from the Urbana Fire Department, two from the Champaign Fire Department and another four were instructors from the Fire Service Institute at the University of Illinois.
 
Urbana Fire Division Chief Chad Hensch, who took part in the effort, said the firefighters divided into teams of four or five and worked about a half-hour at a time to dig to the man. Hensch estimated temperatures inside the bin at 120 degrees.
 
Northrup said the incident is under investigation by his office and the Champaign County sheriff’s office.
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