LOUISVILLE — Authorities say a 76-year-old man was rescued from a grain bin in eastern Nebraska after being trapped in corn up to his chest for four hours.

"He was very lucky," Louisville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief Jason McClun said Tuesday.

Relatives said Marvin Manske was unloading corn from a bin in rural Louisville when he got trapped about 4:30 p.m. Monday. Family members tried for more than an hour to free him, then called for help.

Rescue workers gave Manske oxygen to keep him conscious and used special equipment to pull him from the bin just after 8:30 p.m. He was flown to an Omaha hospital as a precaution.

McClun said he's expected to be OK.

The grain bin rescue was the first in Cass County in recent memory, he said. 

Even though the corn only came up to Manske's chest, the grain's collective mass can put a lot of pressure on the body and make it hard to move, the fire chief said. 

"It's almost like being in concrete," he said, adding that people should call for help immediately if someone is trapped in a grain bin.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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