Teenagers Sprayed In Illinois Cornfield

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PESOTUM, Ill. (KMOX) - Teenagers working in a corn field in Pesotum, Ill., were sent to the hospital Thursday after being sprayed with a fungicide.

The teens were cutting the pollinating tassels off corn plants, as part of the process of cross-breeding corn, when a low flying plane approached 79 teenagers and began the process of crop dusting. The fungicidal mist drifted over and settled on the teens.

Fire rescue was called and a decontamination process was started before the workers were taken to a hospital in nearby Urbana, Ill.

Emergency room director Allen Rinehart says some of the workers had irritated skin, but they were all in stable condition and were being released to their parents.

The Illinois Environmental Programs and Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

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