Whiteside County authorities have released the names of two teens who were electrocuted today while detasseling in a field near Tampico, Ill.
Jade Garza, 14, and Hahnah Kendall, 14, both of Sterling, Ill., were pronounced dead as a result of the incident that happened shortly before 9 a.m. A third victim was airlifted to St. Anthony’s in Rockford, Ill. A fourth victim is being treated at CGH Medical Center.
According to sheriff's deputies, at 8:50 a.m., the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a farm accident involving several corn detasselers on Luther Road, south of Star Road in rural Tampico.
A crew of approximately 72 detasselers was working in the cornfield when four of the detasselers came in contact with a field irrigation system and received an electrical shock, deputies said.
Garza and Kendall were pronounced dead at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Their names were released to the public tonight.
All other detasselers were taken to the Rock Falls Fire Department for evaluation. These evaluations resulted in six more workers being transported to CGH for treatment for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
The accident remains under investigation.
The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Tampico Fire Department and Ambulance Service, Prophetstown Ambulance Service, CGH Ambulance Service, Morrison Ambulance, Milledgeville Ambulance, Rock Falls Fire Department, the Illinois State Police and the Whiteside County Highway Department.