An Illinois jury has awarded $16 million to the families of two teenagers who died in a 2010 grain bin accident. The Carroll County jury reached its judgment after a 13-day trial, awarding $8 million each to the families of 19-year-old Alejandro Pacas and 14-year-old Wyatt Whitebread. The workers were in a Haasbach LLC grain bin to help the corn flow while machinery was running. The pair became trapped in corn more than 30 feet deep along with a third worker who was rescued after six hours. Haasbach, which is now out of business, paid $200,000 in federal fines for more than two dozen violations. It also paid more than $68,000 for violating child labor laws. The jury found Haasbach owner Consolidated Grain and Barge ultimately responsible for the deaths.
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