A woman died after being dragged into a meat grinder by her hair in front of her daughter at a butcher’s shop.
The 50-year-old, named only as Ana, died in the most horrific circumstances in the town of Missolonghi, western Greece, while cleaning the machine on September 29.
Ana, originally from Albania, and her 18-year-old daughter, who has not been named, worked together as shop cleaners and went to the butcher’s to clean the meat grinder when the woman was pulled into the machine.
It appears as though it was a large industrial meat grinder and that a button must have been pressed accidentally causing it to start. Local media reported that the woman’s hair was then caught in the machine, leading to her being dragged inside with her daughter watching on helplessly. The daughter ran to the street and started to shout to people to help and a passer-by entered the store where they discovered the horrific scene.
The police, an ambulance and the fire brigade rushed to the scene but there was no chance of pulling her free, while the operation to free her body from the machine took hours, and was only finished just before midnight.
Police have now launched an investigation which includes watching CCTV from the shop. It is understood that the owner of the butcher’s shop went to the police and has reportedly been arrested.
The woman had been living with her daughter, her 10-year-old son and her mother in Greece for two years where she moved after separating from her husband. A person who knew Ana told local media: “She was a very good woman. She worked from morning to night to provide for her kids.”
Another person said on social media: “A terrible news saddened our hearts today with a huge loss for the family and also for us friends of Ana who left like a bird, like a beautiful flower with full dreams for her life.
“With the dreams for her children who she worked long hours for so that they would not be deprived of anything to educate them, to give them the path of knowledge. But her dreams were shattered today on the last day of her life. You will always be in our hearts, you will be a friend a sister to us…”
Ana’s daughter was taken to hospital in a state of shock before later being discharged. She and her 10-year-old brother have been at a friend’s house since the tragedy.