HOWLAND — Maine police say a 52-year-old man decapitated himself after tying a cable around his neck and driving off in his pickup truck in Howland just days after another man was in the news for doing the same thing in Virginia.

Maine State Police said the man last Saturday tied the cable around his neck, attached the other end to a parked vehicle and accelerated. The tightened cable severed his head.

There were no witnesses and a nearby resident discovered what happened.

Police are not identifying the man, who was going through a divorce.

Four days earlier, a Chicago man decapitated himself in York, Va., by tying a cable around his neck, attaching the other end to a tree and driving off after having a quarrel with his ex-wife.