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Champaign Area Teens Sprayed While Working Corn Field

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:12:55 CDT
By: AP

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it will investigate an accident in which about 70 teenagers were sprayed with a fungicide as they worked in an eastern Illinois corn field. OSHA spokesman Scott Allen says investigators were on their way to the field just outside Pesotum (puh-SOH'-tuhm), near Champaign. Authorities say the teens were cutting the pollinating tassels off corn plants Thursday morning when the chemical drifted onto them from a crop-duster. All of the teens were taken to a hospital in nearby Urbana. All were expected to be released today. Brad Rollings of Villa Grove said his 13-year-old son Tyler was among the teens who were sprayed. Rollings said his son seemed to be fine.

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