PEKIN, Ill. -- Officials confirm two workers have died after a chemical incident at Agridyne LLC in Pekin.
The victims have been identified as 29-year-old Dean Dustin Stone of Pekin and 37-year-old Frank Rosebur of Peoria, according to the Tazewell County Coroner.
The two Agridyne employees were cleaning a tanker car which contained a small amount of corn-based liquid when Stone fell into the open hatch, shortly after noon Tuesday.
Police say Rosebur entered the tank trying to rescue his co-worker. Both were overcome by carbon monoxide which had built up in the car.
Pekin's Fire Department Rescue team was only two miles away attending a training session, but by the time they reached the scene it was too late.
Rosebur was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:30 p.m. Stone was transported to Pekin Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:22 p.m.
"It's just one of those situations where we don't see this very often. It is a tragic situation. Our hearts go out to the families involved in this situation," said Mike Eeten of the Pekin Police Department.
Firemen did have to enter the car in attempt to rescue the victims. They used specialized equipment to assist with the rescue.
An autopsy for both victims is scheduled for Wednesday.