Florida 7-year-old survives sanitation truck dump after hiding in garbage can

Florida 7-year-old survives sanitation truck dump after hiding in garbage can


A 7-year-old Florida boy who was hiding inside a garbage can, is lucky to be alive after he was scooped up and dumped into a sanitation truck next to a trash compactor.

Elias Quezada escaped Tuesday’s petrifying ordeal without even a scratch, thanks to the very alert and heroic driver, NBC News reports.

Elias was playing outside his grandmother’s Hillsborough County house, when he said he decided to hide in her oversized garbage cans that were out for collection.

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The garbage truck’s automatic claw scooped up the can and dumped the boy into the bed of the garbage filled vehicle – just inches from the active blade, according to the network’s WFLA affiliate.

“I got picked up and thrown to where I was going to be a mashed potato,” Elias said with a mischievous grin, adding he thought it was “the end” for him.

Thankfully, driver Waldo Fidele was closely watching the truck’s surveillance camera as it dumped the

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