A MAN had an amazing escape today – after being tipped into the back of a dustbin lorry in Huddersfield.
The man, thought to be in his 20s, is believed to have been sleeping in an industrial dustbin when it was collected by a SITA waste crew shortly after 7am today at the junction of Alder Street and Willow Lane East in Hillhouse.
The man was tipped into the back of the lorry, which has machinery to compress the waste, and was caught by his ankle.
But his plight was spotted by the lorry driver on cameras fitted to the rear of the vehicle, and he stopped the equipment.
The trapped man managed to climb out of the machinery on to the roof of the lorry but then had to be rescued by firefighters because of his injuries.
Huddersfield fire station Crew Manager Dean Lodge said: “He was very lucky.
“He was spotted by the driver and the equipment was stopped before he was pulled inside.
“He somehow climbed on to the roof of the lorry but had ankle injuries and could not get down a ladder. We brought in an aerial appliance to lift him down on a stretcher”.
The injured man was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary by paramedics.