Grain bin accident

MIKE CLARK/The Mayfield Messenger

Emergency personnel gather to assess the response to a person trapped in a grain bin Tuesday on Ky. 1710 east of Mayfield. According to Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden, responders received a 911 call at 11:13 a.m. of the man trapped in a 80,000-bushel capacity bin. A rescue effort was underway into the afternoon, but the trapped person, Adolfo Garcia of Mayfield, was recovered and pronounced deceased by Graves County Coroner Brad Jones.

A Mayfield man died Tuesday after trying to dislodge a portion of grain in a grain bin.

According to Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden, Mayfield and Graves County first responders were dispatched to a farming operation on Ky. 1710 east of Mayfield near the U.S. 58 intersection. Crews from the Graves County Rescue Squad, Mayfield Fire Department, Sedalia Fire Department, Graves County Emergency Management, Graves County Sheriff’s deputies, and the Mayfield Graves County Ambulance Service all responded.

The preliminary investigation indicated that an employee of the farming operation had entered the 80,000 bushel capacity grain bin that was partially full of corn, in an attempt to dislodge grain that was stuck. A witness and co-worker reported that as that portion of grain dislodged, a large amount of grain collapsed on the victim.

Emergency crews, including several area farmers with semi-trucks, tractors, and offloading equipment, arrived to assist in rescue efforts. Several pieces of farm machinery needed in the rescue attempt were escorted through Mayfield by the Mayfield Police Department.

Crews were eventually able to free the victim at approximately 2:43 p.m. Graves County Coroner Brad Jones determined that the victim, Adolfo Garcia, 44, of Mayfield was deceased. An autopsy was being scheduled late Tuesday afternoon.

Garcia is survived by his wife and five children, ages 20, 18, 13, 12, and 5.