Hor­ror death shocks fam­ily

The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE fam­ily of a man killed at Goom­boo­rian in hor­rific cir­cum­stances when he fell into a wood­chip­per has told of their shock af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Bruce Saun­ders, 54, died in­stantly af­ter he be­came trapped in the ma­chine while mulching branches at a prop­erty on Sun­day even­ing.

Mr Saun­ders’ Bund­aberg fam­ily and those who knew him took to so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day to pay their re­spects.

“It was very hard to wrap our heads around yes­ter­day when we got the news about Un­cle Bruce,

it’s a hor­ri­ble in­ci­dent,” Katrina Har­ring­ton said.

“...just so hard to come to terms with,” Mr Saun­ders’ sis­ter Su­sanne said.

“RIP Un­cle,” Scotty Schn­abel said.

Read­ers were shocked by the news and showed their sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily.

Gympie po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent would not con­firm Mr Saun­ders as the de­ceased.

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’s be­come en­tan­gled within the ma­chine and has died as a re­sult of his in­juries,” he said.

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

The scene was one of the most har­row­ing he had come across in 16 years of polic­ing, Act Insp Al­gie said.

“I’d have to say it’s one of the worst in­ci­dent scenes I’ve ever seen,” he said.

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

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