CHIPPER HOR­ROR

MAN PULLED INTO TREE SHRED­DER DIES IN­STANTLY AS FRIENDS TRY DES­PER­ATELY TO FREE HIM

The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE - . FRANCES KLEIN Dig­i­tal pro­ducer frances.klein@gympi­etimes.com

TWO friends could trag­i­cally do noth­ing to save a man who was killed in­stantly when he was pulled into a wood­chip­per on a Goom­boo­rian prop­erty on Sun­day night. The 54-year-old was us­ing the ma­chine to help clear a drive­way when the freak ac­ci­dent oc­curred. Gympie po­lice act­ing in­spec­tor Paul Al­gie said the cir­cum­stances were hor­rific and one of the most har­row­ing in­ci­dents he had come across in 16 years of polic­ing. He said there was noth­ing that could be done to save the man. He could not go into de­tails about the man's in­juries but said spe­cial­ist po­lice unit Dis­as­ter Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Squad had been brought in from Bris­bane to iden­tify him.

A MAN died a sick­en­ing death af­ter be­ing trapped in a wood­chip­per at a Goom­boo­rian prop­erty on Sun­day evening.

Two friends, who were work­ing along­side the 54-year-old, des­per­ately tried to free him as he was pulled into the ma­chine, but po­lice said the man died in­stantly.

Gympie po­lice Act­ing In­spec­tor Paul Al­gie said the cir­cum­stances were hor­rific, but the in­ci­dent was not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

“He was plac­ing a tree into a tree shred­der. He be­came en­tan­gled within the ma­chine and died as a re­sult of his in­juries,’’ A/Insp Al­gie said.

“He was found by his two friends. They at­tempted to get him out of the ma­chine and were un­able to do so.”

Insp Al­gie said it was one of the most har­row­ing sights he had come across in 16 years of polic­ing.

“There was noth­ing that could be done to save this gen­tle­man,” he said.

He could not go into de­tails about the man’s in­juries but said the spe­cial­ist po­lice unit Dis­as­ter Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Squad had been brought in from Bris­bane to iden­tify the man.

The three men were us­ing a hired wood­chip­per with a 15-inch blade to help clear a woman’s drive­way when the event un­folded at 7.40pm.

A/Insp Al­gie said po­lice and emer­gency work­ers were con­fronted with a very trau­matic scene.

“(They were) ob­vi­ously deal­ing with the dis­tressed peo­ple that were there, but also try­ing to process what they un­cov­ered there around the tree shred­der.”

He said they would be of­fered sup­port ser­vices while Gympie po­lice work with foren­sic crash po­lice from Mary­bor­ough and Work­place Safety Queens­land.

The ma­chine will be im­pounded by po­lice and sub­ject to a me­chan­i­cal in­spec­tion. Re­sults are not ex­pected for at least a week.

The man’s fam­ily has been no­ti­fied.

PHOTO: FRANCES KLEIN

HOR­RIFIC SCENE: A man died in­stantly when he fell into a wood chipper on a prop­erty at Goom­boo­rian on Sun­day evening.

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