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Authorities: Man dies when trapped underneath field planter

May 16, 2019

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man was under a field planter checking for a leak in an airline when equipment on the machinery apparently released, entrapping and killing him.

Deputy Erich Hopkins with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that 78-year-old Michael Russell was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Authorities say the accident occurred in a field off U.S. 36 east of Urbana shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office say their investigation is continuing.