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Homeless man dumped into garbage truck after falling asleep in trash bin

By Mason White 4:12 PM June 18, 2017
Garbage truck (illustration)
Garbage truck (illustration)
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A homeless man is lucky to be alive after getting dumped into a garbage truck while sleeping in a trash bin, according to police in California.

On Wednesday, at approximately 8:13 a.m., Oxnard Police and Fire personnel responded to a call in the 2000 block of Rose Avenue, about a man trapped inside the chute of a refuse truck.

A City of Oxnard refuse truck was making a routine refuse pick up when the driver heard screams for help. The driver stopped the garbage truck and called for help.

Further investigation revealed that the 67-year-old homeless man had fallen asleep in the refuse bin, which was then emptied into the truck.

Fire personnel were able to extract the man from the truck, and he was transported to St. John’s Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries.

“Although some people may look at refuse bins as providing options for more than just the disposal of trash, please note that this practice can lead to serious injury and even death,” the police said in a statement.

“The City of Oxnard makes safety a priority when handling community waste, and requests that you please stay out of refuse dumpsters for your safety as well as the safety of our drivers and helpers. This will help us avoid any unintended mishaps,” a spokesperson for the city said in a statement.