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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