Police in the central Illinois town of Pekin say a man is dead after he became trapped in a corn dryer at a processing plant.

Pekin Police Public Information Officer Mike Eeten told the Pekin Daily Times that a piece of metal fell on the unidentified man as he walked through the Illinois Corn Processing plant and trapped him sometime before 11 a.m. Monday.

Eeten said rescue crews were trying to take the dryer apart to free the man when part of the dryer collapsed on him.

Police are investigating. Further details were not immediately available.

Pekin is 10 miles south of Peoria.


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