Man rescued after falling in Wichita elevator


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Fire Department was called out at approximately 10:00 a.m. Wednesday to rescue an employee who had fallen at the Purina grain elevator in north Wichita.

Rescuers had trouble retrieving the victim who had fallen approximately 15 to 20 feet in an industrial area of the facility.

Battalion Chief Brad Boyd, Wichita Fire Department, said the victim was conscious and talking to rescue workers but was unable to move himself.

Boyd said crews had to make their way through tight areas of piping and machinery to get to the victim and were unable to use their ladder truck due to the height.

The man was placed into a stretcher, known as a Stokes basket, which had to be stood upright in order to bring him down on the elevator.

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