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Man Asleep in Dumpster Dies After Being Crushed in Pennsylvania Trash Truck

A homeless man sleeping in a dumpster died after being tossed into the back of a trash truck and crushed in the Lehigh Valley early Friday.

The 53-year-old man screamed for help after being tossed into the truck after it made a pickup at Hamilton Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania shortly before 6 a.m., said city police.

Rescuers found the man screaming — his arm sticking out a pile of trash — and were able to get to him. Medics rushed him to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest where he later died, police Capt. Bill Reinik told NBC10.

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office later ruled the man died of accidental "massive crushing injuries."

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Police said the truck driver was unaware the man was in the dumpster. The compactor in the truck activated and crushed the man, said police.

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