Two men killed by toxic gas

BARTON COUNTY, Kansas — The bodies of a man and his son-in-law were discovered late Monday night at a saltwater disposal well in rural Barton County.

The men were trying to fix a leaking valve in an underground structure near the town of Claflin.

Officials believe the two men were overcome by high levels of hydrogen sulfide, a  highly toxic gas. The leaking valve then flooded the structure.

A family member discovered the bodies after neither man returned home when expected.

The victims are 50-year-old Curtis Hoffman and 30-year-old Kebby Myers.

The incident is still being investigated by the Barton County Sheriff’s Office.


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