Saturday, December 30, 2006

Man Stuck In Garbage Truck Saved By Cell Phone

Quite interesting and remarkable story. I wonder how often this happens when the victim doesn't have a cell phone.

Police save man stuck inside garbage truck
Trapped Detroiter calls 9-1-1 from cell
December 30, 2006

A cell phone became a lifeline for a Detroit man who woke up inside a
garbage truck that had begun compacting its load, Oak Park police said.

The man, 41, was scavenging for cans and bottles in the city's
Dumpsters, said Lt. Mike Pousak, when he apparently fell asleep. He was awakened
after the Dumpster he was in was unloaded into a garbage truck at about 2 p.m.
Thursday. The man, whose name was not released, used his cell phone to call

Pousak said the man didn't know where he was, but that he hadn't been
drinking, and he isn't homeless. The man is, however, unemployed.

When dispatchers received the man's call, they issued an alert to all
road patrol officers to be on the lookout for garbage trucks in the city. A
short time later, operators lost contact with the man after his cell phone's
battery fell out. The man tried yelling for help but no one heard him, Pousak

Pousak said an officer stopped a truck at 8 Mile and Coolidge, banged
on its side and got a response -- the man banged back.

Officers asked the driver to dump the truck's load onto a driveway, and
the man -- covered in debris -- was freed, suffering only a scrape on his hand,
Pousak said.

Pousak credited dispatchers for taking the man's call seriously as well
as officers who helped locate the truck about 15 minutes later. He would not
release the name of the garbage truck company involved. Waste Management
spokesman Tom Horton -- whose company handles residential waste pickup in Oak
Park -- said he was unaware of any of his company's trucks being involved in the

"It's a very bizarre story," Pousak said. "This man could have been
crushed, and no one would have known about it. It's really remarkable."