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Pennsylvania teen dies after being pulled into woodchipper

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Pennsylvania teenager died Tuesday after he was pulled into a woodchipper, authorities said.

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Isiah Bedocs, 17, of Coplay, was working for a commercial tree company when a piece of debris he was placing into the woodchipper snagged his clothing and partially pulled him into the commercial-grade machine, WCAU-TV reported.

The incident occurred in North Whitehall Township, a suburb of Allentown in eastern Pennsylvania.

The Whitehall-Coplay School District superintendent confirmed Bedocs was a student in the district but was most recently home-schooled, WFMZ-TV reported.

Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police administered first aid before Bedocs was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 2:55 p.m. EDT, WBRE-TV reported.

The Lehigh County Coroner performed an autopsy and determined that Bedocs died due to multiple traumatic injuries sustained from the woodchipper, according to the television station.

The coroner ruled the death was accidental.

The state police, the Bethlehem Criminal Investigation Unit and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the case, according to WCAU.


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