Chopper 9 Skyzoom overhead as crews rescue person trapped in grain silo at Mint Hill
MINT HILL, NC — Chopper 9 Skyzoom was overhead as crews rescued a man trapped in a grain silo in Mint Hill on Wednesday morning.
Several fire crews responded to the scene on Arlington Church Road. Firefighters could also be seen atop a silo with ladders working to get the man out. Firefighters said the squall rose to his chest.
The Mint Hill Fire Department told Channel 9 that Tommy Houston was trying to break out an air pocket when he got stuck. They said Houston’s brother tried to free him, but when he couldn’t, he called 911.
Fire Chief David Leath said they had to be very strategic about the rescue.
“We have to be careful when we find ourselves in these situations. One false move and… he would have been buried,” Leath said.
Firefighters tied a harness around Houston and dug up the soybeans around him. They did it by standing on plywood so they wouldn’t sink.
MEDIC said Houston was trapped for more than 40 minutes before crews were able to get him out just after 11:30 a.m. Leath said he was alert when they pulled him out, but Houston was taken to the hospital to be checked anyway.
His daughter said she was glad he was back on solid ground.
“It was terrifying. I mean, I was at work doing my thing, and of course my mind is racing towards the worst possible outcome. So I’m extremely relieved and grateful,” Amy Dutch said.
No further information has been released at this time.
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