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6-year-old Conn. boy killed by wood chipper

April 10, 2012
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SALEM, Conn.—Connecticut state police say a 6-year-old boy died in a wood chipper accident in Salem while helping his father on a landscaping job during school vacation week.

Lt. J. Paul Vance says Jeffrey Bourgeois was putting a branch into the chipper Tuesday morning when it pulled him into the machine after his father turned his back for a moment. Vance said Jeffrey had gone to work with his father and two older siblings.

Vance says the accident was so terrible that authorities called counselors to the scene.

The boy's father runs a Salem landscaping business and was doing a job on Brookside Drive when the accident happened shortly before 9 a.m.

Jeffrey was pronounced dead at the scene.

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