Fire crews rescue man who fell into grain elevator

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) — Emergency responders rescued a man after he fell about 19 feet in a grain elevator at a local processing plant. Spokane Valley Fire Department spokeswoman Julie Happy says the man was in the elevator at the Spokane Seed Company. He was getting ready to offload a shipment when he slipped and fell into the shaft, injuring an arm and leg. Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to free the man. They used a monitor to ensure the air quality was under control. Crews strapped the man on a backboard before pulling him up onto a stretcher. He was taken to an area hospital.