SALEM, Conn. - Connecticut state police say a 6-year-old boy has died in a wood chipper accident 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 in Salem when it pulled him into the machine after his father turned his back for a moment. Vance says Jeffrey had gone to work with his father and two older siblings.
The boy's father runs a Salem landscaping business and was doing a job when the accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. Jeffrey was pronounced dead at the scene.
CBS affiliate WFSB reports neighbor and Salem Fire Chief Gene Mairorano said "basically we're getting counseling for the family. I was first on the scene and kept everyone away."
According to the station, state police have launched an investigation into the accident but it is not criminal.