SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A Recology truck driver saved a man’s life after he was accidentally loaded into his recycling truck in San Francisco’s Sunset District, Recology and fire officials said.
The truck driver picked up a load of cardboard at along Irving Street between 9th and 16th avenues around 6:30 a.m. when he heard someone banging on the trailer of the truck, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.
Recology spokesman Robert Reed said the driver called out to see if there was a person, and the man yelled back.
The quick thinking driver raced down to San Francisco fire station No. 22 at 16th Avenue and Irving Street a few blocks away to get help.
Fire crews were able to rescue the 58-year-old man who had been sleeping in the recycling dumpster, Talmadge said.
The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with minor injuries from being crushed in the truck, according to Talmadge.
The recycling truck has a push wall that compacts the cardboard, according to Reed.
“It’s a miracle that the guy wasn’t crushed,” he said.