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Worker dies after going through wood chipper

From CBS4

A man died Monday afternoon after authorities said he went all the way through a wood chipper.

The tragedy happened on Southwest 57th Street just east of Pine Island Road in Davie.

Joseph Horta lives at the home directly in front of where the accident took place.

“You hear about this stuff in the movies, but then all of the sudden it happens right outside your door step,” neighbor Joseph Horta said. “All the sudden I hear all these sirens and I look outside and I see some piles of blood. It was horrifying.”

Hours after what police are calling a “workplace accident”, investigators  in protective suits used extra care when handling the victim’s remains.

The meticulous process of recovering what they could from inside the chipper and the debris-filled truck went well into the night Monday.

“I’ve never seen anything like this. This is a gruesome scene,” Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle said. “This isn’t something you see everyday. This isn’t something you can just go home and forget about.”

A sign on a nearby truck read “Tree Techs.”

Calls to the Pembroke Pines-based company were not immediately returned.

Police said two fellow workers were in the area when the accident happened. One man saw everything and ran to a nearby home for help.

Police haven’t released the victim’s name, as they are waiting to notify his loved ones.

Capt. Engle said counselors will be available to officers to help them cope with the disturbing scene.



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