May 10, 2007
A Florida man is lucky to be alive after waking up from a nap inside the back of a garbage truck. West Palm Beach Fire and Rescue officials say the apparently homeless man was sleeping in a dumpster when the trash bin was picked up by a truck making its daily rounds. The truck continued on its route and even compacted its load several times before one of the crew heard someone screaming inside. Phil Kaplan of West Palm Beach Fire and Rescue says that it's amazing the man survived the ordeal. "I want to find this gentleman and let him buy my lottery ticket this week, cause he's one of the luckiest people I know."
Fire and rescue crews spent an hour digging through the garbage before finding 44 year old Robert Baswell. Baswell was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries. He's expected to make a full recovery.