Farmer dies in Tuesday accident

ChampaignCoSheriff Melvin

URBANA — A 78-year-old Urbana man was killed Wednesday in a farming accident in a field south of U.S. Route 36 east of Urbana.

Michael Russell was pronounced dead at the scene in the 3700 block, Champaign County Deputy Erich Hopkins said in a prepared statement.

Emergency crews were dispatched shortly before 2 p.m. and found Russell entrapped under a field planter at the back of the field near a fence row. He was reportedly checking the equipment for an airline leak.

“While under the planter, the equipment released, entrapping him,” deputies said.

Deputies are continuing to investigate the accident, WHIO-TV Channel 7 reports.

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