MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say two young workers
died and another is in serious condition after becoming trapped
inside a grain bin in northwestern Illinois.
The Carroll County sheriff's department says 19-year-old
Alejandro Pacas and 14-year-old Wyatt Whitebread were pronounced
dead Wednesday night.
A hospital spokeswoman says 20-year-old William Piper is in
serious condition Thursday.
Early Wednesday, rescue workers cut holes in the bin and drained
thousands of pounds of corn to pull the men from the bin in Mount
Carroll, about 120 miles west of Chicago.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman Scott
Allen said Thursday the accident was "very preventable," and that
Whitebread was illegally working at age 14.
Haasbach LLC, which owns the bin, did not return calls seeking