A 72-year-old man died after being sucked under bushels of corn in a bin in southern Polk County Tuesday morning, Sheriff Dwaine Ladwig said.

Rescue crews from York and Gresham pulled the body of Gary Neujahr from the bottom of the bin at 10:20 a.m. after dumping out the corn to get to him, Ladwig said.

Neujahr was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident was reported just before 8:30 a.m. as Neujahr and a crew were working at the bin at 12234 W Road, which is northeast of Gresham, Ladwig said.

Authorities are still investigating.

Although corn inside a bin may seem settled, it can suck a person in like a vacuum cleaner, the sheriff said.

"You go in the top, and you’re being sucked right to the bottom," Ladwig said.

Earlier this year, rescue crews saved a man trapped in a grain bin in Polk County, he said.

"This is my second one," Ladwig said. "I hope it's my last one."

Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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