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Trooper, town marshal pull six-year-old from grain hopper

ALBION, Ind. (WPTA21) – Two law enforcement officers rescued a six-year-old girl who was trapped in a grain hopper on Wednesday.

An Indiana State Trooper and the Albion Town Marshal worked together to pull that child to safety after she was covered by the contents of a feeder wagon.

The incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. in the 2500 block of State Road 8, near Skinner Lake.

Town Marshal Scott Cole and Trooper Richard Williams arrived and were directed toward a feeder wagon. They could see the child’s legs hanging from the bottom of the wagon.

After trying unsuccessfully to push the small child back up, Williams and Cole climbed into the wagon and went to work. Greg Gorsuch from the Albion Fire Department arrived a few moments later and found a large wood board to assist Williams and Cole.

Once Williams and Cole were able to remove the corn from around the child face, Cole placed the board near her to prevent more corn from falling back on her, while Williams continued to dig her out.  After several minutes of digging, Cole and Williams were able to pull the child out of the corn and to safety.

The child was taken by Noble County EMS to Parkview Noble Hospital and was later released.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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