One dead in farm accident


78 year old became trapped in planter

Staff report



Pictured is the scene of a fatal farm accident from Wednesday.

Pictured is the scene of a fatal farm accident from Wednesday.


Christopher Selmek | Urbana Daily Citizen

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.

Pictured is the scene of a fatal farm accident from Wednesday.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/05/web1_farmaccident.jpgPictured is the scene of a fatal farm accident from Wednesday. Christopher Selmek | Urbana Daily Citizen
78 year old became trapped in planter

Staff report