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Farmer dies after hours trapped in silo

Posted by Melissa Greathouse - email

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) - A dairy farmer has died after being rescued from the silo where frozen fodder collapsed on top of him, trapping him upside-down for about six hours.

Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Fire Chief Bruce Stover says 65-year-old Keith Brohman was conscious and alert when he was removed from the 60-foot-tall silo about 4 p.m. Friday.

But Police Chief Milt Agay says says Brohman died about an hour later in a medical transport helicopter before it could take off for South Bend, Ind., Memorial Hospital. The cause of death had not been determined late Friday.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph says Brohman apparently was breathing through air pockets when a neighbor and his son heard his voice. They cut off a door and cleared enough silage to be able to talk to him while rescuers were en route.

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Information from: The Herald-Palladium, http://www.heraldpalladium.com

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