Napping New Zealander survives ride in rubbish compacter
A New Zealand man survived being dumped into a garbage-compacting truck when the driver heard him banging on the side, a newspaper reported Wednesday, the dpa reported.
The man, believed to be in his 40s, was asleep in a roadside skip, which was lifted and emptied into the truck early Monday, the New Zealand Herald reported.
He had been sleeping in the skip because he was having some domestic problems where he was staying and had left seeking a quieter place, the paper said.
A spokesman for the waste-management company said the man was not in immediate danger of being crushed because his skip was picked up early in the driver's route, and the truck was not full enough for the rubbish to be compacted.
The man, who was not named, was taken to a hospital, where stitches were inserted in a deep cut to his head.