Tree service employee says attack was unprovoked

Austin Crawford says he doesn't know why his co-worker tried to throw him into a wood chipper. (KATU Photo)

A tree service employee says he’s lucky to be alive after police say his co-worker tried to throw him into a wood chipper, head first.

Police were called to the 900 block of Moneda Avenue N. last Thursday around 2 p.m. Police said Scott Edward Iverson, 26, assaulted a co-worker. The victim told police Iverson put him in a choke hold, while pushing his upper torso and trying to push him into the machine head first.

Austin Crawford, 22, told KATU that Iverson attacked him out of nowhere.

“I don't want to die this way,” Crawford said he remembers thinking.

He said he’d been working with Iverson since he started at R&R Tree Service three months ago.

“Prior to this we got along great, you know, we laughed, we joked, we talked,” he said.

He said he has no idea what provoked Iverson.

Iverson has been charged with assault and attempted murder. He had his first court appearance on Monday.

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