Man dies after falling into silo at Middletown cement company

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - An employee of a cement company in Middletown died Tuesday night after falling into a fly ash silo.

Police were called to Central Ready Mix, located in the 4700 block if Oxford Road, just before 6 p.m. after receiving a report of a person trapped in the silo.

When crews arrived they made several attempts to rescue 39-year-old Tim Taylor over the course of several hours, according to officials at the scene. Crews lowered a rope down the silo with an excavation device in hopes of pulling Taylor out.

Crews were able to get the rope wrapped around Taylor's body and gave him oxygen to help him breathe during the rescue. Police say Taylor was overcome by the fly ash, a product used to make cement, and didn't survive.

"The fly ash is like flour, and the parts that are up higher kind of cave in and fall on the people who are trying to rescue the guy, so that's what happened," said Cpt. Greg Justice of the Middletown Police Department.

Jeremy Vipperman, who has more than 18 years of experience in the cement industry, witnessed the rescue attempt Tuesday night. 

"It could very well compress and hurt his chest, bones, or cause any other kind of fractures," he said.

Officials say Taylor was from New Carlisle, Ohio and worked for Central Ready Mix for 15 years. 

The Butler County coroner determined Taylor died of asphyxia and his death was ruled as accidental.

Central Ready Mix serves southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Indiana. The company produces ready-mixed concrete and sells equipment and mixer trucks. Some of the concrete has been used to build schools, federal courthouses, police stations and highways.

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