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Homeless Man’s Rude Awakening Redefines Dumpster Diving

A man who had bedded down in a large metal trash bin Thursday night awoke Friday morning just has he was being dumped into a garbage truck.

The driver of a garbage truck heard pounding and yelling from the back of his truck Friday and stopped the compactor just as he was about to crush a second load of trash. (Patch file photo)
The driver of a garbage truck heard pounding and yelling from the back of his truck Friday and stopped the compactor just as he was about to crush a second load of trash. (Patch file photo)

Talk about rude awakenings: A homeless Michigan man redefined Dumpster diving Friday when he survived a fall into a garbage truck from the large metal trash bin where he had been sleeping.

The 46-year-old man escaped serious injury when the driver of the garbage truck stopped the compactor when he heard yelling and screaming, the Detroit Free Press reports

The driver, who runs a pickup route in Holland, was about to dump a second Dumpster load of trash into the truck. The homeless man told authorities he was able to avoid being crushed when the first load was compacted.

Holland fire personnel had to use a ladder to retrieve the man from the garbage truck. He was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The man had reportedly climbed into the Dumpster to sleep Thursday night and awoke just as he was being dumped into the truck.

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