URBANA — On Wednesday at approximately 1:41 p.m. the Champaign County Communications Center received a 911 call referencing a male caught in a field planter near 3745 U.S. Route 36 East, Urbana.
Mechanicsburg EMS, along with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the location.
At the scene, preliminary investigation showed that Michael E. Russell, 78, of Urbana, was checking a John Deere field planter for an airline leak. While under the planter the equipment released, entrapping him. Upon the arrival of EMS, Russell was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Champaign County Coroner Dr. Joshua Richards responded to the scene.
Further investigation is pending.