Worker fractures legs in Phoenix trash compactor

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A man is hospitalized with two fractured legs after being trapped in a trash compactor in Phoenix early Tuesday afternoon.

The 21-year-old man got stuck in the trash compactor while working in an industrial area near Grant and 16th streets.

Other employees heard him screaming for help and called 911. The Phoenix Fire Department responded to the scene at approximately 12:45 p.m.

"It looks like somehow he was working in there trying to jar something loose and the trash compactor closed and got his legs," said Phoenix fire Capt. Rich Bauer.

Bauer said the man was able to release himself from the machinery and fire crews pulled him out of the trash compactor.

Bauer said the man was in the trash compactor for about 10 minutes.

The man, whose name has not been released, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with fractures below his knees.