Man dies in horrifying lumber accident

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Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

GILMER, TX (KLTV) - A horrible accident claims a man's life at an East Texas Lumber Company. It happened around 9am Wednesday morning at Hixon Lumber Sales on Montgomery Road in Gilmer.

Investigators say an employee, Ricardo Pena, 33, of Gilmer, got too close to a wood saw plane press machine, and was pulled into it, crushing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"When we arrived, what we found was that a worker had gotten close to one of the machines, and it appeared that his clothing had gotten entangled and it pulled him into the machine and as a result of that he suffered fatal injuries," said Detective Roxanne Warren, with the Gilmer Police.

An autopsy was performed on Pena with the official cause of death to be released at a later date.

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