Teenager killed after being pulled into wood chipper on first day of work

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GASTONIA, N.C. –  A 19-year-old man has died after being pulled into a wood chipper on his first day on the job.

According to WSOC, 19-year-old Mason Cox was looking for work when he learned he may be able to help his cousin at Crawford’s Tree and Stump Grinding Service.

Saturday was his first day on the job.

Investigators say a tree limb became lodged in the wood chipper and Cox tried to make it go through.

Tragically, the wood chipper pulled him in, killing him instantly.

Jon Crawford, the owner of the business, quickly hit the kill switch and put the machine in reverse, but was too late to save the teen.

Crawford suffered a heart attack at the scene and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Investigators determined the teen’s death was an accident and no foul play was suspected.

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