A tree trimmer was decapitated after getting sucked head first into an industrial wood chipper in a freak accident.
Martin Lara, 50, of Applegate, California, died Thursday morning after getting dragged by a rope as he fed branches and debris into the chipper.
Lara’s company, Bushwackers, had been hired to clear brush from a rural home outside of Nevada City when the line became wrapped around the professional landscaper’s neck.
The rope was attached to some wood and was dragged by the chipper, beheading him, CBS Sacramento reported.
His body was pulled towards the cone of the wood chipper, but a colleague stopped the machine before his body was dragged inside the rotors.
Fellow crew members heard the man scream but could not help him in time.Sheriff’s Sgt. Hap Penaluna called it ‘a freak accident.’
‘It was a huge chipper capable of processing full-size trees,’ Penaluna told the Union of Grass Valley ‘It’s just a tragic accident.’