updated 1/2/2007 6:20:42 PM ET 2007-01-02T23:20:42

A man who awoke inside a garbage truck that was about to compact its load was rescued after making a frantic cell phone call to police, authorities say.

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The man, who is unemployed but not homeless, was scavenging for bottles Thursday when he fell asleep in a Dumpster, said police Lt. Mike Pousak. He awoke when the container was unloaded into a truck.

He told police he didn’t know which truck he was in but gave a dispatcher the location of the Dumpster he fell asleep in, Pousak said.

He had tried yelling for help, but no one heard him.

Police soon lost contact with the man when his cell phone battery became dislodged, Pousak said. Police checked several trucks, including one in a parking lot.

“An officer went and pounded on the side of the truck and somebody pounded back,” Pousak said.

The man appeared to be unhurt except for a scratch, Pousak said.

“If I was him I would go to church and play the lottery because today was his lucky day,” the police officer said.

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