(KMOV)-- It was a close call for one Metro-East man Saturday morning, when a truck driver almost took out more than just the trash.
Officials say a man was hiding from police in a garbage dumpster in Wood River, unbeknownst to him that it was pickup day.
The truck driver activated the compactor, lifting the dumpster and taking the man with it. The man narrowly escaped serious injury when the truck driver noticed a shoe flying through the air, followed by other items of clothing.
When the driver got out to investigate, he heard the man inside the dumpster shouting for help.
The man was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital for chest and ankle injuries.
Officials have not released his name.