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Justin Gilpatrick Survives Being Crushed By Recycling Compactor Truck Twice

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Justin Gilpatrick, 27, fell asleep in a recycling dumpster after a night out drinking, then survived going through the compactor twice.
Justin Gilpatrick, 27, fell asleep in a recycling dumpster after a night out drinking, then survived going through the compactor twice.

Justin Gilpatrick was trashed.

After a night out at a Portland, Oregon bar on Thursday, the 27-year-old made the wise decision not to drive home drunk.

Less wise, however, was the choice to curl up in a recycling dumpster to sleep off the booze.

Waste Management crews emptied the contents of the dumpster-- including Gilpatrick --into a compactor truck at around 1 a.m. on Friday, KGW reports. The truck driver drove for about a quarter of a mile and compacted his load twice before hearing Gilpatrick's terrified screams.

Gilpatrick survived largely because the truck was relatively empty, according to the New York Daily News. Had there been more recyclables in the compactor, the drunkard's prospects would have been grim.

The shaken Gilpatrick was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Waste management spokeswoman Jackie Lang commended the truck driver for handling the situation well.

"This is… a well-trained driver doing his job," Lang told KVAL. "He heard something unusual and immediately pulled over and shut down all of the moving parts in the truck."

Gilpatrick, for his part, does not plan to make this mistake again. "I have not had a drink in years," he writes in a Facebook post quoted by the Daily Mail, "and the one time I do this I [sic] what happens. I will never drink again."

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