Horror death shocks family
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.