Man dumped into rubbish truck survives being compacted ‘several times’
A man who fell asleep in a large recycling bin full of cardboard was ‘compacted several times’ after being tipped into a rubbish truck, in Albany, Oregon.
Ivan Rosalio Mendez Perez, 23, survived the ordeal after he managed to get the driver’s attention by shouting and throwing cardboard out of the back of the lorry. He suffered a broken leg but was otherwise described as being in “good condition.”
Captain Eric Carter of the Albany Police Department told the Albany Democrat-Herald: “The driver became aware of it at Big 5 Sporting Goods because the subject was throwing cardboard out of the truck. He got out to look and heard Mr. Perez yelling, so he contacted us. Albany Fire also responded to remove Mr. Perez from the truck.”
Mr Perez was taken to the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis where he received medical treatment for his injured leg.
The driver of the rubbish truck was employed by Republic Services, which cleans out approximately 100 dumpsters each day. Company spokeswoman Julie Jackson told the Democrat-Herald that they regularly engaged in public outreach to deter children and transients from climbing into large rubbish bins.
"This a front load truck. The driver doesn’t even get out,” she said. “They'll pull up, connect the bars on the front of truck to the grooves on the side of the dumpster, and it goes straight up. It doesn’t tip until it's above their heads at the back of truck."
"The fix is, stay out of dumpsters. Pretty simple,” she added.