Southeast Portland

Man sleeping in dumpster seriously injured by truck compactor

Man sleeping in dumpster seriously injured by truck compactor
(Photo: Mike Warner, KATU News)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man sleeping inside a dumpster full of cardboard was seriously injured when a recycling truck dumped the load into a compactor, a Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman said.

“Two of us rode in the ambulance with him to the hospital and he’s very lucky to be alive,” said Shane Furrer with Portland Fire and Rescue.

It happened around 8 a.m. near the People’s Food Co-op on Southeast 21st Avenue.

According to Tommy Schroeder with Portland Fire and Rescue, the truck driver heard screaming when he started the compactor. He stopped and called 911.

When rescuers arrived they could only see 27-year-old Liam O'Grady’s head. They had to pull back the compactor blade and peel away cardboard to reach him.

“He was between layers of cardboard. We probably pulled 20 or 30 layers of cardboard out to get to him,” said Furrer.

It didn’t take long to reach him and he was talking to rescuers the entire time. Portland police expect O’Grady to survive, but he has serious crush injuries to his head and chest.