CRESWELL, N.C. (WNCT) On Wednesday, the N.C. Department of Labor released new details on the death of a man who fell into a grain bin on Monday at Lake Phelps Grain Incorporated in Creswell.

Investigators said, at around 9:00 a.m. Monday, a Lake Phelps Grain employee, identified as Elith Trinidad Sosa, was preparing to clean corn from a grain bin. After Sosa opened access holes in the floor of the bin, Sosa entered the bin to start the sweep auger and ensure the holes were clear for the corn to flow through.

Authorities said, after Sosa walked up the “center peak” of corn, which Lake Phelps Grain officials said was about 13 feet high, Sosa sank into the corn and was buried beneath it, ultimately causing his death.

The N.C. Department of Labor said on Wednesday its Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating the man’s death.

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Officials have identified the body of a man that fell into a grain silo at Lake Phelps Grain Incorporated in Creswell.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the call came on Monday around 9:00 a.m. Monday and crews from several local agencies rushed to the scene.

Officials said they thought it was a gas leak.

Four different teams are alternating draining corn from the silo with large vacuums in the area where they think the individual could be located.

All fire departments from Washington County along with certified Emergency Rescue Team and community members are assisting in the rescue.

Officials said the person involved in the incident is an employee of Lake Phelps Grain.

“No comment at this time out of respect for any investigation that may occur and we look forward to cooperating fully,” said Stuart Brooks, Attorney with Crumpler Freedman Parker and Witt in Winston-Salem. We send our thoughts and prayers to this mans family at this time.”

Brooks is the attorney representing Lake Phelps Grain Inc.

The man’s family is also on the scene.

Officials said that as if 3:45 p.m. it became a recovery mission.

The man was identified as Elith Trinidad Sosa, officials said.

The body was sent to the Medical Examiner in Greenville.

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