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Bruce Saunders killed after falling into a woodchipper

A man killed in horrific circumstances when he fell into a woodchipper has been identified.

Family and friends have paid tribute to Bruce Saunders, 54, after he became trapped in the machine while feeding branches into it in rural Queensland on Sunday night. 

Described as a 'decent fella with a heart of gold' by friends, police said Mr Saunders died 'instantly' when he fell through the woodchipper.    

Remembered: Bruce Saunders, 54, died in the incident at a rural property in Goomboorian, north-west of the Sunshine Coast

Remembered: Bruce Saunders, 54, died in the incident at a rural property in Goomboorian, north-west of the Sunshine Coast

Queensland police said the 54-year-old died after becoming 'entangled' in the machine (scene pictured)

Queensland police said the 54-year-old died after becoming 'entangled' in the machine (scene pictured)

Two of his friends were believed to up the road when the incident occurred and fought to rescue him. 

But nothing could be done to save him. 

Police have reportedly said he died instantly. 

One friend said on Facebook: 'He was our mate and will be sadly missed.' 

A relative wrote online: 'It's a hell of

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