No one, except perhaps the man, knows why he was inside a dumpster Saturday morning in the Miami neighborhood of Northeast 25th Street. But if he hadn’t cried out — from the back of a recycling truck — the story might have had a different outcome.
According to WPLG Local 10, the unidentified man was seriously hurt early Saturday after he was crushed inside the truck’s trash compactor. WSVN reporter Andrew Dymburt tweeted out photos Saturday morning and said the man, who was not a sanitation worker, may have been trapped for three hours.
Capt. Ignatius Carroll, a spokesman for the Miami Fire-Rescue Department, told WPLG the man was inside a dumpster around 7:30 a.m. when a Waste Management truck emptied the bin into its compactor.
As the recycling truck headed to its next stop in the 100 block of Northeast 25th Street, one of the workers heard the man calling out for help.
The workers shut down the compactor and went outside to find the man sitting on top of the truck. Carroll said he had injuries to his legs and was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
He, too, didn’t know what the man was doing inside the bin.