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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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