A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in federal court by families of two teenagers who died in 2010 after falling into a tank at a Barry County dairy farm. The families filed suit, saying 17-year-old Francisco Martinez and 18-year-old Victor Perez were overcome by fumes emitted by decaying molasses in the tank located at the farm. They died of asphyxiation after being trapped in the oxygen-depleted environment.
The two boys had been cleaning the tanks at the time of the incidents. It was alleged in the lawsuit that the boys had complained to their supervisor about conditions inside the tank. The victims were overcome by being exposed to hydrogen sulfate and the decaying materials in the tank. Allegedly they were told by the supervisor to take turns in the tank. The farm is located about 20 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.
Source: Claims Journal
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