ACT Policing has issued a warning regarding the dangers of entering or sleeping in dumpster bins following an incident earlier this morning (Saturday, June 15).
Around 4.40am Tuggeranong Patrol members responded to a report of a 15-year-old teenager trapped in the rear compactor of a commercial garbage truck.
The driver of the vehicle had emptied several large dumpster bins in the Greenway area and heard banging and yelling coming from the compactor at the rear of the vehicle.
Tuggeranong Patrol members responded and confirmed that the teenager was trapped in the compactor. He had been sleeping in a dumpster bin which was emptied into the compactor during the driver’s early morning rounds.
Police were able to shut the vehicle down and sight the teenager. He was located beneath an opening on the roof of the vehicle at the bottom of a two metre drop.
The teenager was not trapped, but had sustained injuries to his lower arms and wrists and could not be safely extracted due to the heights involved.
ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service attended the scene. ACT Fire & Rescue members entered the compartment and extricated the teenager utilising ladders.
He was then treated on scene by ambulance members before being transported to The Canberra Hospital.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]