27-Year-Old Man Survives Being Crushed in Recycling Truck in the Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood

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March 14, 2014 12:45


This morning, Friday March 14, 2014, at 8:19 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 3000 block of Southeast 21st Avenue on the report of a body dumped out of a dumpster and into the back of a recycling truck.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and worked to free 27-year-old Liam O'Grady from the back of the truck. O'Grady was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious but not believed to be life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that O'Grady likely climbed into the cardboard recycling dumpster last night to sleep and was then dumped into the truck this morning when the truck was retrieving the recycling materials.

After the compacter was activated, the operator heard screams from inside the truck and stopped the crusher.



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