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Homeless man sleeping in a bin gets dumped inside the back of garbage truck and gets trapped

Man is lucky to be alive after becoming trapped inside a rubbish truck because he was sleeping in a wheelie bin

  • The man, 30, was sleeping in a bin behind a Vinnies shop in northern Victoria
  • He was lifted off the ground by the garbage truck and fell 2.5m into the back
  • He had minor injuries and has been provided with emergency accommodation

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A homeless man was trapped inside the back a garbage truck for over an hour after being dumped in there because he was sleeping inside a wheelie bin.

The 30-year-old man was asleep in the bin at the back of a St Vincent’s de Paul charity shop in Victoria Street in Kerang, Victoria, about 7.50am on Friday.

The bin was lifted off the ground by the garbage truck’s automatic crane, with the man falling 2.5 metres into back of the truck.

A homeless man was trapped inside the back a garbage truck for over an hour after being dumped in there because he was sleeping inside a bin that was emptied into the rear hopper during the regular rubbish collection (stock photo)

CFA brigade captain at Kerang, Ramon Steel, said the driver of the garbage truck had no idea a man was inside the bin.

‘He had to get out of his truck to shift this particular bin … around so the forks will go into it. That’s when he heard a gentleman yelling in the back of the truck.’ Mr Steel said to ABC.

‘He managed to get up, probably climbing up on the rubbish and onto the roof of the truck. But it was far too slippery for him to get down so we were called to rescue him.’

Mr Steel said the man was very lucky the garbage truck was not full of rubbish.

‘If he had have been compacting the truck, the outcome would’ve been much different.’

Homeless man sleeping in a bin gets dumped inside the back of garbage truck and gets trapped

The 30-year-old man was asleep in the bin out the back of a Vinnies op shop in Victoria Street in Kerang, northern Victoria (pictured), shortly before 7.50 on Friday.

The bin was lifted off the ground by the garbage truck where the man fell approximately 2.5 metres into the back cabin

Paramedics were called to rescue the man and struggled for over an hour to free him from the truck.

The man was taken to Kerang District Health where he was treated for back injuries and a broken tooth.

He has been provided with emergency accommodation by local volunteers.

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