Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2008, 1:56 pm

Farmer dies after being crushed in feed grinder

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities say a central Illinois farmer has died after becoming trapped in equipment used to grind hog feed.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says Adam Denzer of Danvers was filling buckets with feed from a grinder-mixer when his clothes caught on a cylindrical shaft between the device and a tractor.

Kimmerling says the preliminary cause of death for the 43-year-old is compressional asphyxiation due to entrapment.

Denzer's wife found him unresponsive around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday at his father's farm west of Normal. Officials say it was normal for Denzer to stay overnight at the farm while hogs gave birth.