Homeless man rescued from garbage truck on Florida Street

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile Fire-Rescue was called to the Publix on Florida Street to rescue a man trapped in a garbage truck.

Mobile Fire-Rescue says it was a homeless man who got stuck. A witness on the scene said the homeless man was sleeping in the dumpster and got put into the truck when they picked up garbage.

Waste Management is recognizing its truck driver for helping potentially save the man’s life. Waste Management says the driver spotted the man trapped in the back of his truck after using the vehicle’s top door camera. The driver noticed the cardboard shuffling, and then a person’s hand emerging. Waste Management says the driver immediately locked the truck down to prevent moving parts from making contact with the man. The driver notified his manager and alerted first responders, who rescued the man after being called to the scene.

Waste Management would like to recognize the driver for his quick actions, as well as Mobile Fire-Rescue.

“Safety is our core value,” said Waste Management of Mobile District Manager Mike Finley. “Keeping everyone, including customers, drivers and those in our neighborhoods safe is top priority. We commend our local driver for his attention to safety and his prompt actions today.”

The man was taken to the hospital to be checked out after complaining of back pain.

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