Driver rescued after crashing into grain elevator in Laurel

By Craig Anderson
Posted 9/23/21

LAUREL — A driver was trapped inside his truck after it struck a grain elevator that then fell onto the vehicle, according to the Laurel Fire Department.

The incident occurred Wednesday at …

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Driver rescued after crashing into grain elevator in Laurel

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LAUREL — A driver was trapped inside his truck after it struck a grain elevator that then fell onto the vehicle, according to the Laurel Fire Department.

The incident occurred Wednesday at Laurel Grain. Firefighters were initially called to the scene and told a person was possibly stuck inside a grain silo. The fire department showed the call was received at 1:37 p.m.

Once on-site at 10717 Georgetown Road, fire chief Jeff Hill found that a passing farm truck had struck a grain elevator, according to a post on Laurel FD’s Facebook page.

More firefighters and vehicles were called to the scene, and the Sussex County Tech Rescue Team was dispatched as well.

A heavy wrecker lifted the grain elevator off the truck, freeing the driver, the post said. Carey’s Towing brought two heavy wreckers, and Chambers Towing provided another.

The post said that “Crews from all entities worked together to lift the elevator, and then (firefighter) crews ... extricated the patient.”

Delaware State Police Trooper 2 transported the patient from the scene to a local area hospital.

On Thursday, DSP spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather Pepper said that there was no updated information on the victim available.

“He was conscious, alert and actively communicating with EMS personnel when he was removed from the truck,” Cpl. Pepper said.

“He remained in stable condition when he was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital.”

The Blades Fire Company and Sussex County paramedics responded as well.