Monsanto Sued Over Cornfield Electrocution
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — St. Louis based Monsanto Corp. is being sued by the father of a northwestern Illinois girl who was electrocuted while removing corn tassels for the company.
Hannah Kendall and Jade Garza, both 14 years old and from Sterling, were killed July 25 when they came into contact with a field irrigator while working near Tampico.
About 72 Monsanto hires were in the field at the time.
In a lawsuit filed this week, Kendall’s father, Brian, says Monsanto knew about problems with the field’s irrigation equipment and did nothing to fix them.
In a statement, Monsanto denied those claims, saying crews wouldn’t have been allowed to work in the cornfield if the company knew there was an electrical hazard.
Brian Kendall’s suit also names the cornfield’s owners and an electric company.
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