Renville County Sheriff's Department

(Bird Island MN-) An Olivia man was severely injured in a grain elevator accident Monday. The Renville County Sheriff's Department says 26-year-old Matthew Rice was working inside the United Farmers Coop Elevator in Bird Island around 1:30 p.m. Monday when he fell several stories and was trapped inside. Responders were able to locate Rice inside of the structure 40-50 feet below where he had been working. Rice was extricated from the building and lowered to the ground. He was then airlifted from the scene to the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with severe injuries.

Assisting at the scene were the Bird Island Fire Department, Bird Island Medical Response Unit, Olivia Ambulance Service, Olivia Area Technical Rescue Team, Redwood Falls Fire Department and North Memorial Air Care