Virginia farm worker becomes buried in soybeans, dies

AMELIA COURTHOUSE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia farm worker was killed when he became buried in soybeans.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.richmond.com/news/local/central-virginia/amelia/amelia-man-dies-after-being-buried-in-soybeans-in-grain/article%E2%80%9446c20866-7181-5af5-9b4b-0947798ae7d3.html”>cites</a> an Amelia County Sheriff’s Office release that says 30-year-old Dustin Lee Arthur was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday evening.

The sheriff’s office said Arthur was wearing a safety harness and was tethered to the grain bin at the time. Amelia County’s director of emergency management, Kent Emerson, says rescuers had to create a way to safely enter the bin before digging to find Arthur, who was found deceased.

Emerson said Arthur was killed as farm workers were unloading the grain bin into a container truck. Authorities said Arthur had been trying to free the flow of beans.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.richmond.com”>http://www.richmond.com</a>

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