1 trapped in grain silo collapse near Roy

ROY — A fire official says a Wilcox Farms worker is missing after a grain silo collapsed at the farm’s feed mill in the Pierce County, Wash., town of Roy.

South Pierce Fire &Rescue Chief Bob Vellias said Monday night that a Federal Emergency Management Agency engineer was assessing the building to see whether a search dog could be allowed inside.

Vellias said a male employee in his 50s was believed trapped by tons of grain Monday afternoon. The man was not immediately identified.

The News Tribune reported that the chief says because of lighting issues, rescuers don’t expect to be able to fully search the wreckage until Tuesday.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the collapse, which eventually filled an office and electrical area with corn. The missing worker was in that building.

Vellias said Wilcox Farms officials were not speaking with reporters Monday. A call to the mill rang unanswered. The family farm supplies eggs throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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