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Jury Awards $16 Million In Mt. Carroll Grain Bin Deaths-Update

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Update: The attorney for Consolidate Grain and Barge Company released the following statement regarding the jury verdict: 

"While this was truly a tragic event for the families and the Mt. Carroll community, Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. maintains that it is not legally responsible for this unfortunate incident caused by the failures and actions of the owner and operator of the Mt. Carroll facility, as well as the victims' employer, Haasbach, LLC.  Consolidated plans to appeal the verdict."

Attorneys for the families contend while Haasbach, LLC employed them, the teens worked on Consolidated property and equipment. Haasbach, LLC has since gone out of business.

Original 2-6-14:

A Carroll County jury awards $16 million to the families of two boys killed in a Mt. Carroll grain bin accident.

14-year-old Wyatt Whitebread and 19-year-old Alejandro Pacas were working inside a grain bin owned by Consolidated Grain and Barge Company on July 28, 2010.

They were helping push corn to a central conveyor when Whitebread became trapped in the flowing grain. Both Whitebread and Pacas were pulled underneath the corn and suffocated.

A third worker, Will Piper, was buried up to his neck for six hours.

He was awarded $875,000 by the jury.