Man tries to commit suicide by diving into wood chipper and lives (w/pictures)

Just when people were finally getting close to stop associating all things Minnesota with Fargo, now comes the story of a man who dove into a wood chipper just like the body disposal method in the Coen Brothers film.

In a move already being nominated for a Darwin Award, the man (in his late teens or early 20s) dove into a wood chipper in Roseville that was being use to clear trees. Much like Pete Rose, the man dove into the chipper head first. He was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with injuries to his head and torso.

Here's the Pi-Press' description of what happened:

But it was bad: The man — who had been wandering uncomfortably close to the industrial-grade tree chipper for about 15 to 20 minutes — had his arm and shoulder pulled into the teeth of the machine.

Heavy, block-shaped teeth — meant to grip and pull, rather than grind — were closing upon the man's head with 13,000 pounds of pressure. His hand may have reached the spinning grinders 3 feet inside.

But he was alive.

Pictures after the jump.

No, I don't have pictures of the carnage, you sicko, but I think the wood chipper was something like this:

Man tries to commit suicide by diving into wood chipper and lives (w/pictures)

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