KINGSTON – A 47-year-old man was airlifted from Illini Farms about two hours after his coworkers found him unconscious about 15 feet down a manhole Monday evening.
Authorities did not release the name or condition of the worker late Monday. He was taken to OSF Saint Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.
The employee went into the manhole Monday to do maintenance on a manure pit at the swine farm at 11459 Base Line Road, which is east of Pleasant Hill Road south of Kingston, DeKalb County Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said. Two other workers went down to check on him after no one had heard from him for a period of time and found him unconscious about 6 p.m.
The other two workers remained with him as emergency crews assembled, Dumdie said. After the rescue, crews treated at the scene one worker who went down to help the first victim and took the second to a local hospital, Dumdie said.
Crews from Genoa-Kingston, Kirkland, Sycamore, DeKalb, Marengo, Pingree Grove, Hampshire and Monroe Center fire departments, as well as the sheriff's office, responded to the scene.