Deadly methane gas emanating from a Virginia dairy farm's manure pit killed five people, including a Mennonite family, in a tragic sequence as each tried to save the person who went in before, authorities said.
Emergency workers speculate each of the victims climbed into the pit in a frantic attempt to rescue the others. "It was a domino effect with one person going in, the second person going after them," Sheriff Don Farley said.
Farley identified the victims as Scott Showalter, 34; his wife, Phyillis, 33; their children, Shayla, 11, and Christina, 9; and Amous Stoltzfus, 24, who worked at the Showalter's dairy farm.
"Before they hit the floor they were probably all dead," Farley said.
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