Sturgeon man dies in silo accident

Wednesday, February 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:07 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

A Sturgeon man died Tuesday in a silo accident on Route Y in southern Audrain County.

The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a 911 call and found Robert Pollard trapped in machinery inside the silo. Assistant Fire Chief Ken Hines said that Pollard, who was hanging about 40 feet off the ground, was removed from the silo by an aerial ladder device. He had no pulse and was not breathing, Hines said. The Columbia Fire Department was also dispatched to assist with Pollard’s extrication.

The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department. The Audrain County Coroner will determine the cause of Pollard’s death.

Hines said the Boone County Fire Department has an agreement to serve parts of Audrain County, where no organized fire protection exists, when other area departments cannot immediately respond.

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