Worker trapped in NC grain silo remains in hospital

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 5:50 AM

UPDATE 10/22:  Derek Walston, who was seriously injured when he was trapped in a Camden County grain silo, is still recovering at the hospital.

Sentara Healthcare spokesman Dale Gauding says Walston is listed in good condition. 

UPDATE: 1:20 p.m.: County officials say only one worker remains hospitalized and is being held for observation. 

Accord Matt Wood, Partner at George Wood Farms, the company didn't implement any new rules/standards/regulations Tuesday due to yesterday's incident. They are waiting to determine what exactly happened before deciding if changes need to be made.

The business is open but they are spending most of the time cleaning up and supporting each other during this difficult time.

They have about 20 employees. They expect Curtis Lee to be back to work tomorrow. Not sure when others will return.

UPDATE 10/15: Matt Wood, a partner at George Wood Farms, tells 13News Now that two of the workers are back on the job, one is at home and two remain hospitalized at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. One of those men is in critical condition; the other is in fair condition, hospital officials say.
OHSA's Safety and Health Bureau is conducting its investigation, which is expected to take three to six months.

UPDATE 4:56 p.m.:  All five men who were trapped have now been rescued. 

UPDATE 4:41 p.m.: Three men have now been rescued.  Officials say they are close to getting the remaining two out of the silo. 

UPDATE 3:19 p.m:  A total of two men have now been rescued.  One was taken to Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, but both are in good condition, the Associated Press reports.

Crews are vacuuming out grain to help the rescue efforts.

CAMDEN COUNTY, NC -- Emergency crews have rescued one worker trapped inside a grain silo at a Camden County, North Carolina farm.  Four more workers remained trapped.

The sheriff's office tells 13News Now that deputies and fire crews were called to F.P. Wood & Son/George Wood Farms on Highway 343 at noon.

According to Camden County Manager Michael Renshaw, five men were doing maintenance work inside the grain silo. 

Renshaw says at least one worker is up to his neck in grain, which he describes as having a quicksand effect. 

Rescuers are laying down wooden pallets to prevent anyone else from sinking. 

 

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