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Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2011

TAMPICO, Ill. (AP) – Whiteside County Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Henson says deputies are trying to determine how two 14-year-olds were electrocuted detasseling corn.

Jade Garza and Hannah Kendall, both of Sterling, were killed Monday when they came into contact with a field irrigator while working near Tampico. Two other detasselers also were shocked. Fourteen-year-old Delanie Knapp was in serious condition Tuesday at a Rockford hospital. Her sister, 15-year-old Bailey Knapp, was treated at CGH Medical Center in Sterling and released Six others received a less-severe jolt.

Henson said Tuesday the department is meeting with officials from Monsanto Corp which employed the 72 detasselers in the field Monday, and with Commonwealth Edison, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Illinois Department of Labor.

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