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Man decapitated when wood chipper sucks up rope

Posted on 13 January 2012 by admin

The Associated Press

NEVADA CITY, Calif. — A Northern California tree trimmer has been decapitated after an industrial wood chipper apparently sucked up a rope tangled around his neck.

Nevada County sheriff’s deputies initially said 50-year-old Martin Lara was feeding brush and was pulled head-first into the wood chipper by the rope.

But coroner’s Sgt. Paul Schmidt tells Sacramento’s KCRA-TV ( http://bit.ly/w4SqEP) that something got caught in the wood chipper and got tangled around Lara’s neck, decapitating him.

Schmidt couldn’t confirm it was a rope that tightened around his neck.

The tree trimming crew says they heard Lara scream at about 8:15 a.m. Thursday while they worked in Nevada City. He was dead when they went to investigate.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/13/4185207/man-decapitated-when-wood-chipper.html#storylink=cpy

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