Homeless man dumped from trash bin to garbage truck, rescued by Dallas firefighters
www.dallasnews.com –Â A 74-year-old homeless man was seriously injured early Monday when the trash container he had been sleeping in was emptied into the back of a truck that drove off with him trapped inside,Â Dallas police said.
The truck driver told police he picked up his last trash container at 912 S. Ervay St. and was stopped at a red light at 1700Â Cadiz St. around 5 a.m. when he heard a â€œnoise like someone screaming,â€ a police report said.
A witness who was walking by also heard â€œscreaming and shouting from inside the dump truckâ€ and called 911, the report said. Emergency crews arrived at the corner of St. Paul and Cadiz streets one block east of City Hall and began dumping garbage from the truck.
Suingenser Roosevelt was found inside the truck almost at the very front underneath the garbage, the report said.
Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Roy Ferguson said it was a difficult rescue operation.
â€œThe way he was hung inside the trash, we couldnâ€™t get him out; we had to dig him out,â€ he said. â€œBecause he was injured so badly, we had to raise him up with a Stokes basket and get him up to where we could get him out and get him on the ambulance.â€
Firefighters said Roosevelt suffered a broken hip and possibly other injuries. Roosevelt said he felt pain in both hips and his left shoulder, the police report said.
He was taken toÂ Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas in serious condition.
WFAA-TV contributed to this report.