According to a news report the driver of the Republic Services recycling truck didn't realize that Ivan Rosalio Mendez Perez, 23, was sleeping in the container until it had been picked up and emptied until he noticed cardboard being thrown from his vehicle.
The report said that the dumpster contained recycled cardboard, and was picked up by a truck and compacted several times before Mendez was saved by the local fire department.
It was said to be the second such incident to take place in Albany in the past five years.
“This a front load truck,” Julie Jackson, municipal manager at Republic Services told the Democrat-Herald. “The driver doesn't even get out. They'll pull up, connect the bars on the front of truck to the grooves on the side of the dumpster, and it goes straight up. It doesn't tip until it's above their heads at the back of truck.”
Perez was said to gave suffered a fractured leg in the incident..
The news report can be viewed below.
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