Wood Chipper Decapitates Man

The apparent accident was in Nevada City.

Friday, Jan 13, 2012  |  Updated 6:20 AM PDT
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Wood Chipper Decapitates Man

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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 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.

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