POQUOSON, VA - State and federal authorities are investigating the death of a high school freshman who was killed in an accident involving a wood chipper.
 
Poquoson police said the 14-year-old was part of a three-person crew working Sunday to remove tree limbs and debris from a home, according to the Associated Press. The teen reportedly was using a shovel to drop debris into the wood chipper's hopper when the tool apparently became caught in the machine's blades, dragging him in and killing him instantly.

Federal law prohibits persons younger than 18 from operating woodworking equipment. The state medical examiner and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration plan to investigate.

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