Man Dies in Gruesome Wood Chipper Accident

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. – A suburban St. Louis man was killed after part of his body was pulled into a wood chipper on Friday, authorities said.

According to a report on, Richard Risinger, 54, of Alton, Illinois, was working at a residence for a tree-trimming service in Belleville, Illinois, on Friday morning around 11:00 a.m. when his clothes got caught on a limb being fed into the chipper. The wood chipper was attached to a truck.

Paramedics pronounced Risinger dead at the scene.

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