A Kentucky contractor was killed when he fell into a wood chipper while working near a holiday display on Monday.
The bizarre accident happened just before 5 p.m. while Joseph Wesley Manire, 46, was trimming trees across the street from a popular Christmas light attraction in Owensboro, according to local TV news outlet WEVV.com.
According to some reports, the Crofton native became entangled in a holiday light display and fell partially into a woodchipper, sustaining traumatic injuries.
Soon after, emergency personnel arrived and pronounced Manire dead at the scene. Authorities are currently investigating the tragic incident, but no foul play is suspected.
In light of the grisly accident, the Owensboro Christmas Lights’ organizers posted a Facebook advisory warning visitors to “be cautious and extra aware if you are traveling in our area tonight.”
“There has been an accident concerning a landscaping business across the street from our display,” the group’s reps wrote. “Local authorities have our neighborhood blocked off at the moment. We have the lights on to help light the area for the first responders, but please plan to visit the display a different night.”
This isn’t the first time a woodchipper has killed a contractor recently. A California tree trimmer died in October after falling into one of the bark-mulching devices.