Man Rescued After Becoming Trapped In Trailer Load Of Corn

December 16, 2021

A man was rescued after becoming trapped for about an hour in a semi-trailer loaded with corn late Wednesday afternoon at Eicher Farm in Walnut Hill.

The adult male became trapped from the waist down in the corn about 4:15 p.m. and was unable to free himself.

“Corn is like quicksand,” Escambia County Public Safety Director Eric Gilmore said after the rescue on Eicher Road off South Highway 29. “Movement can cause a person to sink deeper and deeper.”

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The trailer was divided into two giant hoppers — one nearly fully and containing the trapped man, and one empty. Firefighters were able to access the man and avoid sinking in the corn by using backboards and ladders placed across the surface of the corn. A large grain vacuum powered by a tractor and five gallon buckets were used to remove the grain and free the man.

The individual was evaluated by Escambia County EMS but not transported to the hospital.

The Walnut Hill and McDavid fire stations and the Escambia County Fire Rescue Special Operations Team were among those that responded.

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13 Responses to “Man Rescued After Becoming Trapped In Trailer Load Of Corn”

  1. Victoria Bolton on December 17th, 2021 9:04 am

    This was my son and I’m glad he’s okay. It’s real scary when you get that call that your son’s being taken to the ER.

  2. Robert R Bruner on December 17th, 2021 4:34 am

    Obviously he must have been scared to death. Glad he is OK.

  3. Donald Krueger on December 17th, 2021 1:05 am

    I happens every year. Our fam rule was two men/or men and women,, with 3′ x 6 ft x 1″ thick wood/plywood, and safety rope on person in tank or bin.

  4. J.s on December 17th, 2021 12:18 am

    Thank god hes ok….and yes some people just can’t hold back the stupid jokes because it wasn’t them or a family member….so sorry for there stupidity glad hes ok

  5. Jon on December 16th, 2021 9:10 pm

    Dangerous situation indeed!! I remember about 35 years ago a guy was unloading gravel from a train car and got suck down through the bottom chute while unloading it and was crushed to death. Glad to hear that everything in this situation turned out good!

  6. wayne bolton sr on December 16th, 2021 2:01 pm

    That was my son in that trailer and i would like to thank all the Fire
    Fighters and EMS
    that came to my sons rescue to save his life you all are in his
    families hearths cause it could have been worse. He did go to the
    hospital just not by Ambulance because of the pressure of the corn and
    the long period of time he was in it he has a Bulging Lumbar
    Disc,Lumbar strain Bulging Lumbar disc,and Lumbar strain.I was born
    and raised on a farm we had grain bins and we were never allowed to
    work around them without the proper safe equipment and hopefully this will open more peoples
    eyes about Farm safety in our area. Thanks again to all EMS people

  7. David Huie Green on December 16th, 2021 1:44 pm

    “i dont think you really know how bad it was my son could have died from this”

    We are all one heartbeat away from death.

    Please note that they did not joke about it until after they knew he was safe.

  8. wayne bolton sr on December 16th, 2021 12:35 pm

    to the people making the corn jokes on here i dont think you really know how bad it was my son could have died from this

  9. Citizen on December 16th, 2021 11:48 am

    “Corn is like quicksand”… valuable kernel of information.

  10. Citizen on December 16th, 2021 11:42 am

    Glad to ear he’s ok.

  11. Chris on December 16th, 2021 11:14 am

    This is a very dangerous situation. When I was an EMT years ago, we lost a young man who fell into a corn silo. Great job saving this person!

  12. Lee Williams on December 16th, 2021 10:03 am

    So glad he is OK. Years from now he will have a corny story to tell his grandkids!

  13. Well on December 16th, 2021 6:27 am

    Mr. Eichers having all sorts of corn issues.