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Homeless man compacted in garbage truck, but survives

A homeless man was compacted two or three times before his screaming caught the attention of the garbage truck driver, said firefighters who helped pull him from the truck.
/ Source: KCRA.com

A homeless man was compacted two or three times before his screaming caught the attention of the garbage truck driver, said firefighters who helped pull him from the truck.

“The trash truck driver could see this persons feet just hanging out the bottom of the can,” said Scott Cockrum, Assistant Chief for the Sacramento Metro Fire Department.

It happened in the 3400 block of Myrtle Avenue in North Highlands just after 12 p.m. Monday.

“He was screaming before they even got the ladders in there, saying, ‘get me out of here,’” said Jon Boyd, who works in the business center where the Dumpster is located.

Sacramento Metro Firefighters used ladders to reach the man, who was in the back of the garbage truck.

Somehow the homeless man, who is seen frequently in the area, was locked inside the Dumpster, according to firefighters.

Waste Management, the company that empties the Dumpster, said the trash truck driver knocked on the Dumpster, unlocked it, looked inside and saw nothing but trash. That’s when he emptied it.

“This has been a re-occurring issue with this particular Dumpster and this particular gentleman that was in the dumpster,” said Justin Caporusso, spokesman with Waste Management.

Reported by: Richard Sharp

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