Wood Chipper Crashes Through Mendon Home

MENDON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An elderly Mendon couple are safe after a freak accident caused a piece of heavy equipment to crash into their house, causing significant damage.

Malcom Clifton, 90, and his wife, who is in a wheelchair, were thankfully in another room when a 20,000-pound wood chipper came loose from a hitch on a tree truck and smashed into their living room.

"I was assisting my wife in the other room," Clifton said. "The crash came, she's asking me what the noise is, and I looked and I tell her, you're not going to believe this, but a huge piece of equipment just came into our living room."

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The wood chipper took out a corner of their house, and sent furniture and debris flying everywhere—including Clifton's favorite chair.

"That's the chair I sit in to read the paper," Clifton said.

Large chunks of the front wall of his living room are now scattered across his front yard, and the gaping hole has been covered with a blue tarp.

Clifton said he believes a higher power was watching over him and his wife. When asked how he feels now, he pointed to a sign next to his front door that says "blessed."

"I'm blessed, that's for sure, otherwise I wouldn't be here chatting with you," he said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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