Amherst farmer, 13 cattle die in gas poisoning
A 29-year-old Amherst man died Monday morning from gas poisoning while performing a routine task on the family farm.
The Portage County coroner said Michael Biadasz and 13 cattle died near a manure holding tank on the farm located on County Rd D in the Town of Buena Vista.
Scott Rifleman said Biadasz was outside. Atmospheric pressure prevented the gas from dissipating.
Rifleman said he has seen gas poisoning deaths before; however, they typically occur in a closed area.
Rifleman is awaiting toxicology to determine whether methane gas or sulfur dioxide is to blame for the deaths.
Biadasz's obituary states a memorial will be established in his name for a farm safety program.
While deaths from methane gas are rare, they do occur. In 2007, five members of a Virginia family were killed when a pipe became blocked causing a build up of methane gas.