Virginia man dies in wood chipper accident after being pulled head-first

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A Virginia man has died after being pulled head-first into a wood chipper on Tuesday.

The man, whose name has not been released, was trimming a tree and was a part of a crew working on a home in Saltville, Virginia, several local outlets reported.

The Saltville Police Department did not respond to USA TODAY's request for comment but Police Chief Erik Puckett told WCYB that the incident happened at around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

“It’s an unfortunate incident and I hate that it happened,” Puckett said, according to the The News & Advance.

The death was ruled an accident, The News & Advance reported that no one on the crew witnessed what caused the man to fall into the wood chipper.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified of the incident, WCYB reported.

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