Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Video: Idaho Corn Maze, Scene of Fatality, Agrees to Shut Down

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 9:19 AM

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A northern Idaho corn maze has decided to shut down instead of paying a large fine in the wake of the October 2014 death of one of its employees.

Jeremy McSpadden, 18, was killed Oct. 10, 2014 when he fell in front of a bus while playing the role of a zombie at a corn maze in the Idaho community of Hauser near the Washington border. One week after the incident, it was learned that the owners of the maze were never required to get a special license to run the operation, but the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said it found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. 

KREM-TV reports that the Idaho office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the operators of the Incredible Corn Maze a total of $14,000 for two safety violations, but the agency agreed to lower the fines to $6,000 after the owners decided to shut down the corn maze. If the owners want to reopen within the next five years, they would need to undergo a safety and health audit at the site. Meanwhile, the $6,000 will be paid in monthly installments.

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