Man sucked head-first into wood chipper
January 12, 2012
A Northern California man died Thursday after getting sucked into a giant wood chipper, authorities said.
The man was helping remove tree branches and debris from a house in a rural area outside Nevada City, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento, when he apparently got sucked in while feeding something into the chipper.
The man was a professional landscaping crew member who was sucked head-first into the machine after he became ensnared in some rope.
"It was a huge chipper capable of processing full-size trees," Sgt. Hap Penaluna told the paper. "It's just a tragic accident." He was like a toothpick.
The man's name has not been released