Teenager in garbage container crushed by Luxembourg trash truck

BRUSSELS, April 8 Mon Apr 8, 2013 7:16am EDT

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BRUSSELS, April 8 (Reuters) - A French teenager who had hidden inside a garbage container was crushed to death inside a trash truck in Luxembourg on Saturday, police said.

Garbage men only discovered the 17-year-old when he shouted out as they emptied the container into the back of the truck early on Saturday morning, but by then he was already in the grasp of the crushing mechanism.

"He cried out, but it was already too late," a spokeswoman for Luxembourg police said on Monday.

The young man, whose name was not released, died on the scene, in the city of Luxembourg.

Police have opened an investigation.

(Reporting By Ben Deighton; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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SeniorMoment wrote:
Drunken vagrants who were sleeping in trash dumpsters have generally survived the crushing action of trash compaction, so this incident suggests that far greater compaction is done by garbage trucks in Luxembourg or the teenager was trying to get out past the compaction blade and instead got caught directly under the compaction blade instead of embedded in the trash itself, or he was impaled by something in the trash itself. I feel sorry for the garbage workers and the teenager. Perhaps it is time to find a way to put an emergency shut off inside the compactor that has clear instruction and is lighted. It is always unwise to get into a dumpster, even of a policeman, unless the officer has a backup on the outside of the dumpster to prevent the dumpster’s trash from being collected.

I hope he wasn’t hiding in the dumpster as part of some fraternity initiation or club initiation activity. This teen didn’t even live long enough to reach the age of wisdom, 25, which is when the brain has finished pruning unnecessary connections that cause spontaneous bad decisions.

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