Lowell teen killed in wood chipper accident

LOWELL, NC — “It’s just a big empty hole. There’s no words to explain it. It’s like my world ended when I got that phone call,” said grandmother Alice Neal.

Alice Neal practically raised her 19-year-old grandson, Mason Cox.

“He was one of the most lovable children on earth, and he loved everybody. He thought everything on this world was good,” said Neal.

Kings Mountain Police responded to a home Saturday where they found Cox dead inside the wood chipper. They say he somehow got pulled inside by accident.

“I would say he was not properly instructed to be around the equipment,” said Neal.

Mason was in-between jobs, so his grandma says his cousin who worked for the tree service offered him a one day fill-in to make some extra cash. Sadly, that same day he was offered another job.

“Honeybaked Ham called him about 30 minutes before the police called to say he’d been in the accident,” said Neal.

Cox was working for Crawford Tree Service out of Belmont. The business owner was there, and had a heart attack at the home after the tragic incident. Now with so many unanswered questions, Alice says she doesn’t need to hear any more details or cause any more pain to either of them.

“No man on this Earth is every going to figure out exactly what happened.He’s in God’s hands now, and I think that’s where I’m going to have to let him rest,” said Neal.

Kings Mountain Police tell WCCB Charlotte they are investigating the accident, but don’t suspect foul play.