MAN PULLED INTO TREE SHREDDER DIES INSTANTLY AS FRIENDS TRY DESPERATELY TO FREE HIM
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.
HORRIFIC SCENE: A man died instantly when he fell into a wood chipper on a property at Goomboorian on Sunday evening.