Tree surgeon dies falling into wood chipper while tangled in Christmas lights

A tree surgeon met a horrific end after he fell into a woodchipper while putting up Christmas lights.

Joseph 'Joey' Wesley Manire, 46, had been tasked with trimming trees in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA.

Reports state he became entangled in strings of festive lights before falling partway into the killer machine and sustaining traumatic injuries.

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First responders rushed to his aid but pronounced him dead at the scene, the Sun reports.

Tributes have poured in following Manire's tragic death, with pal Gregory Huntley saying the death of the "good ole' country boy" will leave many devastated.

He wrote in a tribute posted to Facebook: "You left behind a river of tears this morning and that river will grow into an ocean as the news reaches others.

"God don't make men like you anymore. I'm thankful to have had a good ole' country boy like you in my life as a friend."

Manire's shocking death took place next to the Owensboro Christmas Lights, an annual tradition that has seen the town lit up with "over-the-top" holiday decor for the past 25 years.

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The spectacle usually attracts hundreds to the town centre, but organisers were forced to turn visitors away and ask them to return on another night after the tragic incident.

"There has been an accident concerning a landscaping business across the street from our display," organisers wrote on Facebook on Monday (November 28).

"Local authorities have our neighbourhood blocked off at the moment.

"Please plan to visit the display a different night."

The organisers also warned visitors to "be cautious and extra aware if you are traveling in our area tonight."

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Despite the warning, the lights remained switched on to "help light the area" for first responders attending the scene.

Authorities have confirmed they are investigating the incident, but they stated no foul play was suspected at this time.

In 2018, the National Library of Medicine published a study stating there were 113 wood chipper-related deaths from 1982 to 2016.

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