NEW ROADS, LA (WAFB) - A man is dead after falling into a soybean silo in New Roads. That man has been identified as Burciaga Martinez, 47. He was a migrant worker from Mexico, the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office says.
Officials also say his son was working with him when the accident happened and helped first responders in the rescue effort.
The coroner’s office was called out to the scene around 6:30 p.m.
Emergency crews first responded to the scene several hours earlier and attempted to rescue the man.
The silo is on private property in the 10200 block of Pointe Coupee Road in New Roads. The fire department assisted with the rescue attempt.
The man reportedly fell into the silo while working. The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office says the dust inside the silo is very flammable, so firefighters had to be cautious while attempting a rescue.
Sheriff Bud Torres says the soybeans are very small, pellet-shaped beans and it would be easy for the man to sink to the bottom of the silo.