Man dumped in garbage container rescued in south central El Paso

Crews with the El Paso Fire Department worked to rescue man thrown into dump truck Tuesday, dec. 26, 2017. (Crredit: KFOX14/CBS4)

At around 7 a.m. Tuesday, the El Paso Fire Department responded to a special rescue on Alicia and Blanco streets in south central El Paso.

KFOX14 was at the scene when a man was being helped out of a city garbage pickup truck.

Neighbors said a man was in a homeowner's recycling container when the dump truck picked it up and threw the contents inside.

City employees operating the truck said they saw the man in the truck's container through cameras and also heard the man.

It took a little over an hour for crews at the scene to rescue the man.

He was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Neighbors said they have seen homeless people in their neighborhood before since the Salvation Army is nearby.

"We do have a homeless guy that has been here for many years, a foster kid. I hope it's not him because he would do something like that when he gets drunk," said a neighbor who preferred not to be identified.

It is not known why the man was inside the bin with the lid. However, U.S. Border Patrol confirmed they were not looking for anyone in that area this morning.

"I just hope that anybody learns from that and doesn't do something like it because it's dangerous," said a neighbor.

City crews with El Paso Environmental Services cleared the street from all the plastic and cardboard that was dispersed during the rescue.

A resident of Alicia Drive said she was happy it was only recyclables that were scattered in the street.

"It's not any smelly trash, but luckily, the outcome was good," said the resident that wanted to remain unnamed.

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