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Published November 15, 2013, 05:46 PM

Crews save trapped man in Casselton

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Only minutes were the deciding factor in saving a man's life.

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Only minutes were the deciding factor in saving a man's life.

That's what Casselton rescue teams told us after a near-death elevator accident.

A man fell into a 150-foot grain bin.

You can see just how high this conveyer belt is. That's where rescue crews had to access the victim and say it was the response time which made the difference between life and death.

The call came in around 1:30 this afternoon of a man partially trapped on a conveyer belt.

Rescue teams rushed to the Tharaldson Ethanol plant in Casselton.

That's where the man was trapped for at least 45 minutes, hundreds of feet up in the air.

Fire crews had to scale the catwalk and climb stair to reach the victim.

But because of a quick response, and on-scene medics, tonight the man is alive.

Tim Mclean- Casselton Fire Department: "The quicker the extrication, ya know, is always the best. And you know, the ethanol plant here: They do have a couple first responders that do have their medical training and bags with them, which really helped out."

The victim was LifeFlighted to a Fargo hospital. Officials aren't telling us the victim’s identity or the extent of his injuries at this time.

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