Co-Worker: Tree Trimmer Pulled Into Wood Chipper

SHELBY TWP. (WWJ/AP) – Police say a 45-year-old man was killed in a tree-trimming accident Tuesday in Shelby Township.

Police say Shawn Needham, the owner of Fella’s Tree Service, died of injuries following the accident.

Lynn Pace, who is Needham’s girlfriend and co-worker, told WDIV Needham was killed after apparently being pulled into a wood chipper while on the job.

Pace said she was working near Needham at the time when she heard an unusual noise coming from the wood chipper.

“When I got close to the chipper, another gentleman told me there was a man in the chipper. That was my Shawn. I ran over and shut it off. I was too late. There was nothing anybody could do,” Pace told WDIV.

Needham had been in the tree trimming business for 26 years. He is survived by two daughters and a grandson.

The death is under investigation.

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