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Crews recover man's body from grain silo after 10-hour effort on Indy's near northwest side

Indianapolis firefighters enlisted the help Hancock and Hendricks county teams specifically trained for confined space rescues.

INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of firefighters worked for hours Saturday to try to free a man who became trapped inside a soybean silo on the near northwest side of Indianapolis.

A 10-hour rescue effort that began just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon eventually recovered the body of 32-year-old Marvin Tyler from the bottom of the 110-foot silo at Bunge Contractors on Montcalm Street just after 10:45 p.m. Saturday night.

According to an Indianapolis Fire Department incident report, a Hendricks County confined space rescue team was called in to help.

The report said a rescuer located Tyler shortly before 2:30 p.m., but he was "not viable."

Early Saturday evening, Indianapolis firefighters enlisted the help of Hancock County's collapse team specifically trained and equipped for the situation. A 12-person team eventually was able to make the recovery.

According to IFD, the constant shifting of the soybeans and the fact that Tyler was on a slope near the rear wall at the bottom of the silo made the recovery difficult. Eventually, a vacuum truck was able to remove the soybeans around him.  

An IFD incident report estimated the silo was holding 25,000 bushels of soybeans at the time.

Investigators are now looking into what caused Tyler’s accident. He had worked for Bunge for two years.  

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