Driver found dead near North Lewisburg

NORTH LEWISBURG –  Deputies from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Northeast Champaign County Fire District responded to a crash at 9984 E. State Route 245 near North Lewisburg’s wastewater plant at 8:13 a.m. Thursday where they found the driver dead.

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Michael Phipps, 70, of North Lewisburg, was found slumped behind the wheel of a red Toyota truck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the preliminary investigation, it appeared that the driver may have suffered a medical issue while driving eastbound, causing the vehicle to cross the center line of the roadway and enter the ditch on the north side of the road.

The incident remained under investigation.