Originally posted at 12:34 p.m. Last updated at 3:23 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – A man, 38, was extracted from a trash truck and flown to a Boston hospital this afternoon, said Framingham Deputy Fire Chief Sean Riley.
The driver of the trash truck noticed in his camera, a man in the back of the truck, as the truck was crushing the contents, said the deputy chief.
“The dumpster had been emptied into the back of the trash truck. The victim was tossed from the dumpster into the back of the trash truck. The truck driver was pulling away. He activated the compactor in the back of the truck. With the camera that is used to detect any illegal materials being trashed, the driver saw the arm of a victim,” said Framingham Fire Chief Michael Dutcher.
He immediately stopped the truck and stopped the compaction, said Dutcher.
It is unknown at this time where the dumpster is from, or how the man got inside the dumpster, said police.
The man was flown to a hospital in Boston, with crushing injuries, said Deputy Chief Riley.
He was conscious and alert, said Framingham Deputy Police Chief Riley.
Chief Dutcher said he was taken to Boston Medical Center.
“The firefighters climbed down into the trash truck, using a ladder and started medical care,” said Chief Dutcher. “The patient was placed in a stretcher, raised up into the bucket of the tower, and delivered to the medics on scene. Great teamwork by crews on scene.”
Police are still investigating.