GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) – A Gastonia man was pulled into a wood chipper and killed over the weekend, police say.
Officials believe 19-year-old Mason Scott Cox was attempting to kick a limb into the chipper when he got pulled in. The incident happened around 12:37 p.m. Saturday on Hawthorne Road in Kings Mountain.
The company, Crawford Tree Service out of Belmont, was cutting down trees in a yard. The Department of Labor and Kings Mountain Police are investigating. They say the death was accidental and no foul play is believed to be involved.
Cox was found inside the wood chipper and pronounced dead on scene, officials say.
Cox’s family spoke to WBTV in an interview Monday morning. Cox’s mother, Debra Sisk, said the teen had very limited experience in the tree removal industry, but had worked on cell towers before. She questions whether he was being supervised when the accident happened.
“It was his first day on this job. He was trying to find work and he had been putting in applications,” Sisk explained.
She said she got the phone call about the accident Saturday afternoon and said it was horrifying to learn how her son had died.
“I just started screaming when I found out how he died. It’s bad enough that’s he’s gone,” she said.
Family members said they currently have no plans to contact the company Cox was working for. They said they aren’t angry over the incident, but they would like to know how the accident happened.
“I loved him very much and I’m going to miss him very much,” said Cox’s mother.
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