Wasilla woman dies in accident with splitter

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2002

WASILLA (AP) -- A 73-year-old Wasilla woman died Saturday on her family homestead when her glove apparently got caught in a log-splitting machine, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Lorraine Foster had been operating the log splitter for years, troopers said.

But about 10:30 a.m., her husband realized something was wrong and ran out of the shop where he was working about 200 feet away from the splitter.

John Foster administered CPR on his wife, but could not revive her.

The splitter uses an old tractor to drive a screw-type device that bores into the log and splits it, according to Greg Wilkinson, a trooper spokesman.

The Fosters have lived at their homestead between Wasilla and Palmer since 1968.

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