It was a horrible accident. A tree surgeon died this week after a series of accidents that ended with him in a wood chipper.
According to a police report obtained by Sun, Joseph “Joey” Wesley Manire pruned trees in Owensboro, Kentucky, on Monday night. But things take a turn for the worse when the 46-year-old tree surgeon somehow gets entangled in a string of Christmas lights and falls into the dangerous machine that cuts unusable tree branches into wood chips. We don’t even want to imagine what it can do to the human body. First responders declared him dead at the scene. Hopefully it ended immediately.
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Terrible incident happened near Owensboro Christmas lights, a popular light show in town that was started by one of the local families 25 years ago. The event features “over-the-top” decorations and lighting — attracting hundreds of visitors each year. It’s unclear whose lights Manire got entangled with, or how.
Understandably after such a terrible incident, festivals have been temporarily suspended this week. The organizers for the attraction asked people about Facebook Second to stay away from the time zone, write:
“Be extra cautious and vigilant if you travel in our area tonight. There has been an accident involving a landscaping business across from our screens. The local government has locked down our neighborhood at the moment. We have lights on to help light up the area for first responders, but please plan to visit the gallery another night.”
Wood chippers are extremely dangerous, although deaths are relatively rare – according to National Library of Medicinethere were 113 wood chipper deaths between 1982 and 2016. For such a devastating death to be forever tied to a Christmas event… Horrible.
Since the accident, Joey’s good friend Gregory Huntley wrote an emotional tribute to him on social media on Tuesday. He expressed in the message:
“You left a river of tears this morning and that river will become an ocean when the news reaches others. God doesn’t make men like you anymore. I will never forget what you and Lisa did for me. I am so grateful to have had a kind country boy like you in my life as a friend. Whatever we need something or a little help, we have each other to count on.
“I didn’t say goodbye. I’m saying save me a spot by the river so we can go fishing later. Because I will see you again someday. I pray God gives Dave peace and comfort with your family and wife Lisa, whom I will watch over and continue to be with. I love your brother and until we meet again you will fly high and keep an eye on us.”
Law enforcement said the situation was under investigation at this time, but noted that no foul play was suspected. Our hearts go out to Joseph’s friends and family during this difficult time. We cannot imagine what they must have gone through after losing him so suddenly and so cruelly.
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