Firefighters rescue Fla. man trapped inside garbage truck

Escambia County Battalion Chief Curt Isakson said people get in dumpsters "to protect themselves from others"

By Madeleine List
The Charlotte Observer

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — A witness called 911 after seeing a man get dumped into a garbage truck that was making its rounds, county officials in Florida said.

Fire rescue officials and paramedics were dispatched to the truck in Pensacola around 3:15 a.m. on May 24, according to Davis Wood, a spokesman for Escambia County.

Rescuers got the man out of the truck just before 4:10 a.m., Wood said. He was taken to a hospital. Wood said he couldn’t comment on the man’s condition.

Video from WEAR showed firefighters on ladders climbing to the top of the truck. A stretcher was lowered onto the top of the truck as rescuers worked to free him.

The man had been sleeping in a dumpster when he was ejected into the truck, according to Wood.

The waste management company did not respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News.

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