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Man killed after being pulled into wood chipper in Fallbrook

December 15, 2010 |  9:21 am

A 49-year-old man was killed Tuesday after he slipped into a commercial wood chipper while clearing brush near an avocado grove in Fallbrook, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Martimiano Morales Carreon, of Rainbow, Calif., apparently was pushing brush into the chipper with his foot when he lost his balance and was pulled into the machine, officials said. His son, who was working with him, quickly turned off the machine but Carreon had suffered "major trauma" and was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

The accident is being investigated by the county medical examiner and state workplace safety officials.

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