Incredible Corn Maze closed 'indefinitely'; OSHA reduces penalty - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Incredible Corn Maze closed 'indefinitely'; OSHA reduces penalty against operators

Posted: Updated:
Jeremy McSpadden, 18, died October 10 when he was run over by a converted "zombie slayer" bus that was part of a Halloween attraction. Jeremy McSpadden, 18, died October 10 when he was run over by a converted "zombie slayer" bus that was part of a Halloween attraction.
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • Hauser corn maze fined $14,000 over teen's death

    Hauser corn maze fined $14,000 over teen's death

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 4:24 PM EST2015-02-25 21:24:10 GMT
    Wednesday, February 25 2015 4:53 PM EST2015-02-25 21:53:41 GMT
    HAUSER, Idaho - The Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser has been fined $14,000 by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) for last October's death of a Spokane Valley teenager who was working as a zombie. >>
    HAUSER, Idaho - The Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser has been fined $14,000 by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) for last October's death of a Spokane Valley teenager who was working as a zombie. Jeremy McSpadden, 18, died October 10 when he was run over by a converted "zombie slayer" bus that was part of a Halloween attraction. >>
  • UPDATE: West Valley teen tragically killed working at Incredible Corn Maze

    UPDATE: West Valley teen tragically killed working at Incredible Corn Maze

    Saturday, October 11 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-10-11 13:31:19 GMT
    Sunday, October 12 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-10-12 19:08:51 GMT
    KHQ.COM - A high school student from West Valley, working as a role-player in the zombie attraction at the Incredible Corn Maze was tragically killed Friday night when a bus in the attraction struck and killed him. 18-year-old Jeremy T. McSpadden was significantly injured and died at the scene after the incident happened around 10:30 p.m.>>
    HAUSER LAKE, Idaho- "You've got an 18-year-old young man, everybody was in the environment of entertainment and fun, and things of this nature aren't supposed to happen," says Sergeant Ward Crawford with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.>>
Hauser, Idaho - The Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser, Idaho will not be opening back up this fall. The man who owns the land the maze sits on confirmed to KHQ on Monday that the attraction will not be opening after 18-year-old Jeremy McSpadden was run over by a "zombie slayer" bus and killed in October 2014. Witnesses said McSpadden, who was working at the maze, ran up to the bus on the night of October 10, tripped and fell under the rear wheel of the bus. 

In the investigation that followed, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office found no crime had been committed. 

In February, the owners of the maze were fined $14,000 by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) for three serious violations: 

• Failing to furnish employment and a place of employment free from recognized hazards that caused or were likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees from tripping and being struck or run over by a motor vehicle.

• Failing to ensure that eye and face protective equipment was maintained in usable condition after being shot with paintballs, which obstructed the vision of zombie role-players.

• Failing to train employees how to prevent goggles from fogging or how to clean goggles when paint obstructed their vision when shot at close range with paintballs.

OSHA sent out a news release in early April to say that due to the maze operator's decision not to reopen they would reduce the penalty from $14,000 to $6,000. In turn, the operators of the Corn Maze have agreed to reach out and share information with their contacts in the industry. An OSHA spokesman says the hope is to prevent another incident like this one.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 20-year-old man killed in crash near Rathdrum

    20-year-old man killed in crash near Rathdrum

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 8:49 PM EDT2018-10-17 00:49:00 GMT

    RATHDRUM, Idaho -  Idaho State Police have identified the man killed in a crash near Rathdrum Tuesday. Troopers responded to Chase Road, west of Rathdrum, around 1:15 p.m. Investigators say 20-year-old Brady Robert McPhail of Osburn, Idaho, was traveling eastbound in a white 2010 Buick Lucerne when he went into the westbound lane of traffic.

    >>

    RATHDRUM, Idaho -  Idaho State Police have identified the man killed in a crash near Rathdrum Tuesday. Troopers responded to Chase Road, west of Rathdrum, around 1:15 p.m. Investigators say 20-year-old Brady Robert McPhail of Osburn, Idaho, was traveling eastbound in a white 2010 Buick Lucerne when he went into the westbound lane of traffic.

    >>
  • Teenager dies after shooting in downtown Spokane; suspect in custody

    Teenager dies after shooting in downtown Spokane; suspect in custody

    Thursday, October 18 2018 1:06 AM EDT2018-10-18 05:06:00 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Hospital officials say the teenage victim shot in downtown Spokane Wednesday evening has died from his injuries.  Police say the suspect in the shooting, who had been on the run since the shooting was reported, has been safely taken into custody after an hours-long search in and around the downtown area.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Hospital officials say the teenage victim shot in downtown Spokane Wednesday evening has died from his injuries.  Police say the suspect in the shooting, who had been on the run since the shooting was reported, has been safely taken into custody after an hours-long search in and around the downtown area.

    >>
  • Pennsylvania man dies in crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley

    Pennsylvania man dies in crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 3:12 AM EDT2018-10-17 07:12:28 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports one man has died and a woman is in the hospital after a crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley Tuesday night. Investigators say 26-year-old John L. Scott of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  was headed westbound on SR 290 east of Flora in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup when he crossed the center line into the oncoming lanes of traffic.

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports one man has died and a woman is in the hospital after a crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley Tuesday night. Investigators say 26-year-old John L. Scott of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  was headed westbound on SR 290 east of Flora in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup when he crossed the center line into the oncoming lanes of traffic.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Teenager dies after shooting in downtown Spokane; suspect in custody

    Teenager dies after shooting in downtown Spokane; suspect in custody

    Thursday, October 18 2018 1:06 AM EDT2018-10-18 05:06:00 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Hospital officials say the teenage victim shot in downtown Spokane Wednesday evening has died from his injuries.  Police say the suspect in the shooting, who had been on the run since the shooting was reported, has been safely taken into custody after an hours-long search in and around the downtown area.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Hospital officials say the teenage victim shot in downtown Spokane Wednesday evening has died from his injuries.  Police say the suspect in the shooting, who had been on the run since the shooting was reported, has been safely taken into custody after an hours-long search in and around the downtown area.

    >>
  • After Hurricane Michael, new parents spend baby's first night in Walmart parking

    After Hurricane Michael, new parents spend baby's first night in Walmart parking

    Thursday, October 18 2018 12:58 AM EDT2018-10-18 04:58:05 GMT
    Courtesy of AP/David GoldmanCourtesy of AP/David Goldman

    A baby born near the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Michael spent his first night outside a hospital in a Walmart parking lot because no better shelter was available.  Wilmer Capps says he and wife Lorrainda Smith had no choice but to camp out at the store the night their son Luke was released from an Alabama hospital because their home in Panama City, Florida, was badly damaged by the storm. 

    >>

    A baby born near the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Michael spent his first night outside a hospital in a Walmart parking lot because no better shelter was available.  Wilmer Capps says he and wife Lorrainda Smith had no choice but to camp out at the store the night their son Luke was released from an Alabama hospital because their home in Panama City, Florida, was badly damaged by the storm. 

    >>
  • Police find stolen doughnut van, share treats with homeless

    Police find stolen doughnut van, share treats with homeless

    Thursday, October 18 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-10-18 04:51:17 GMT

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - It was a lucky day for some Florida police officers who recovered a stolen van filled with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Clearwater police posted a photo on Facebook of a group of officers standing in front of the van holding boxes of the tasty treats. The Tampa Bay Times reports the van was reported stolen Tuesday morning in Lake City, which is 193 miles (310 kilometers) north of Clearwater.

    >>

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - It was a lucky day for some Florida police officers who recovered a stolen van filled with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Clearwater police posted a photo on Facebook of a group of officers standing in front of the van holding boxes of the tasty treats. The Tampa Bay Times reports the van was reported stolen Tuesday morning in Lake City, which is 193 miles (310 kilometers) north of Clearwater.

    >>