Conn. boy killed helping dad with wood chipper

Police at the scene of fatal wood chipper accident of 6 year old Jeffrey Bourgeois in Salem, Conn. on April 9, 2012. WFSB

(CBS/AP) 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.

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