Couple and dog, sleeping in dumpster, tossed into Spokane garbage truck



Posted on March 11, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 10:16 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Two people and their dog survived being thrown into a garbage truck early Tuesday in Spokane.

It happened around 7:00 a.m. near 2nd Avenue and Sherman.

A garbage truck driver thought he heard a lot of noise coming from the back of his truck and noticed boxes flying out, according to the Spokane Fire Department.  When the driver pulled over, he called for help.

LISTEN: 911 call before the rescue

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a man, woman and dog all inside the garbage truck.  They had been sleeping in a dumpster and tossed into the garbage truck as the dumpster was emptied.  Crews estimated the couple and dog fell about five feet from the dumpster into the garbage truck.

Screaming stopped a witness in her tracks.

“I parked my car and I heard yelling. Like ‘help me, help me please’ and ‘get me out of here!’,” said Ann Jorgensen. 

Jorgensen said she ran for help but fire crews were already rescuing the couple and their dog when she got back.

“We saw the back of the garbage truck open up, they were throwing out the garbage and people were climbing out from the latter,” said Jorgensen.

City of Spokane Solid Waste Department Supervisor Rick Highes said he also made it in time to see the aftermath. He said the driver had a bad feeling when he saw cardboard fly out of his truck.

“When he noticed the box fly off, he thought he heard some yelling and pounding so he pulled over,” said Hughs.

KREM 2 News found out that the majority of drivres wear ear plugs, but the driver Tuesday morning forgot his.

Medics took the pair to the hospital as a precaution, but no major injuries were reported.  The couple likely just suffered bruising, according to experts.  The condition of the dog was not immediately known, according to authorities.