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Amber Alert

Friday, January 11, 2008

Truck driver dies in wood-chip accident in Freetown, Mass.

A 41-year-old New Hampshire Truck Driver died yesterday in a workplace accident, the police said. The police responded to an emergency call at 9:12 a.m. from Haynes Trucking, a wood chip storage site at 13 Ridge Hill Rd.

The man, identified only as a driver working for Haynes Trucking, became trapped in a large volume of wood chips. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The police said that the tractor-trailer driver had delivered a load of wood chips to the site. The trailer has a conveyor to help unload the chips.

The chips apparently became stuck and the driver, without turning the conveyor off, climbed into the trailer’s bed trying to dislodge the chips, but sank into the chips, the police said.

Freetown police, the Massachusetts State Police and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are investigating the incident. Source