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Four men escaped serious injury this morning after they became trapped in a hopper containing a mixture of sand and gravel at a commercial business in Orleans County.

The sheriff’s office reports the incident occurred at 10:45 a.m. at Frontier Sand & Gravel on Eagle Harbor Road in the Town of Barre.

Three Albion men -- 20-year-old Jacob Vick and brother 22-year-old Lawrence Vick, and 61-year-old Richard Miller -- as well as and 19-year-old Devin Taylor of Medina, were loading a large hopper with material when it became overloaded and blocked. The sheriff's office says they got inside and tried to shovel the excess material out and free-up the blockage.

At some point Miller sank to an opening in the bottom that leads to the conveyor belt and became covered in the mixture. The other men tried to rescue him and Jacob also sank.

All four were able to extricate themselves. Emergency crews arrived where they were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

There will be a follow-up investigation by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

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