North Carolina teen pulled into wood chipper, killed

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GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Police have identified a Gastonia teen who was pulled into a wood chipper and killed over the weekend.

The incident happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday on Hawthorne Road in Kings Mountain.

Officials told WBTV that Crawford Tree Service out of Belmont was cutting down trees in a yard when 19-year-old Mason Scott Cox tried to kick a limb into a wood chipper and got pulled in.

Cox was pronounced dead on the scene.

Kings Mountain Police said they believe the death was accidental and no foul play was involved.