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Man Sleeping In Tampa Trash Bin Rescued From Garbage Truck

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Eric Mennel

Authorities say a man who had been sleeping in a Tampa 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.

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