Authorities Release Name of Victim in Fatal Grain Bin Accident

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CLARKE COUNTY, Iowa -- Authorities have released the name of a man who died after becoming trapped in a grain bin Wednesday morning.

Clarke County Sheriff Bill Kerns said 39-year-old Eric Reasland, of Creston, was removed from the bin hours after becoming trapped. He was transported to a local hospital where was pronounced dead.

Emergency crews were called to 1024 Kendall Street in Murray at about 8:45 a.m.

Kerns said the owner of the farm and Reasland, a hired hand, were working to get corn out of the bin when the accident happened. The corn was crusted together at the top of the bin and Reasland was working to break it up.

The owner went down to operate the auger, and after about eight minutes of not hearing from Reasland, the owner went to check on him.

After not being able to see Reasland, the owner called authorities.

It took crews about 25 minutes to arrive on scene. They vented the corn by cutting holes all the way around the bin.

Reasland was removed from the bin around 11:45 a.m. and later died from his injuries.

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