Man identified in Nevada Co. wood chipper accident

1:27 PM, Jan 13, 2012   |    comments
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  • Martin Lara Urena

NEVADA COUNTY, CA - A man who was somehow pulled into a wood chipper Thursday morning and killed has been identified as a 50-year-old Applegate man.

Martin Lara Urena was with a crew from Bushwackers Inc. trimming trres and clearing land at the time of the 8:56 a.m. accident. Sgt. Paul Schmidt with the Nevada County Sheriff's Office-Coroner said the preliminary investigation suggests that brush or some material became tangled around Lara Urena's neck and his head was pulled into the wood chipper, decapitating him.

Other workers heard Lara Urena scream and ran to him but could not do anything for him, Schmidt said.

The work was being performed on private property on the 10000 block of Indian Shack Road. The property owner was home at the time.

Schmidt said the victim had two children.


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