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Man crushed to death after tree falls on excavator in Union

A tree fell on an excavator, crushing the operator to death near Union Saturday afternoon, police said | Photo by Alex Vucha.

A 57-year-old man was killed Saturday afternoon near Union after a tree fell on the excavator he was inside of, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Union Fire Protection District, Marengo Fire Protection District and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded around 1:45 p.m. Saturday to the 8100 block of Leech Road in Coral Township, which is about three miles southeast of Union.

Emergency crews found a 57-year-old Rochelle man that had been seriously injured after a large tree fell on top of his excavator, crushing him, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said.

A tree fell on an excavator, crushing the operator to death near Union Saturday afternoon, police said | Photo by Alex Vucha.

A Flight For Life medical helicopter was dispatched to the scene but later cancelled. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene and an autopsy is pending. The man’s name is being withheld by officials pending notification to his next of kin.

No additional information has been released by authorities.


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