A homeless man was rescued from inside the hopper of a garbage truck after the dumpster he was sleeping in was emptied into the vehicle, South Carolina police report.
According to Myrtle Beach cops, Mark Mencini, 62, yesterday morning “had been in a dumpster and when the truck picked up the dumpster, he had become trapped in the trash compartment.”
Around 4:20 AM, officers responded to a 911 call from a witness who was near a T.J. Maxx store. The caller told police dispatchers that he “heard someone yelling for help from the truck’s trash compartment.”
Police subsequently discovered Mencini inside the garbage truck. EMS workers transported Mencini–who complained of chest pain and hip injuries–to a local hospital for further treatment.
Mencini told cops that he did not recall anything about the incident, and “only remembered being in the dumpster with his girlfriend.” A Myrtle Beach Police Department report only indicates that Mencini was expelled from the dumpster into the garbage truck.
The report does not indicate how long Mencini was inside the garbage truck, or whether he was injured due to compacting or from falling from the dumpster.