Florida man sleeping in trash bin rescued from garbage truck
TAMPA - Authorities in Florida say a man who had been sleeping in a commercial trash bin is recovering after nearly being crushed in the back of a garbage truck.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the 32-year-old man suffered a leg injury early Wednesday, but Tampa fire officials say it wasn't life-threatening.
Police say the operator of a Waste Management truck had just dumped one load into the back of his truck outside a Dollar General store and was about to dump a second when he heard someone yelling for help. Tampa Fire Rescue spent more than an hour loading the man into a basket and hoisting it out with a winch attached to a ladder truck.
Strong thunderstorms moved through the Tampa Bay area early Wednesday. A Waste Management spokeswoman says containers are not a safe place to seek shelter.