US boy rescued from garbage truck after playing in grandmother's bins
A seven-year-old boy has been rescued from a garbage truck in the US after he was accidentally scooped up while hiding in his grandmother’s bins. Elias Quezada, from Florida, was playing outside a property in Hillsborough County when he climbed into the garbage bins. Elias told NBC affiliate WFLA in Tampa he was picked up and thrown into a garbage truck on a rubbish run on the street.
“I got picked up and thrown to where I was going to be a mashed potato,” the schoolboy said. However, the quick-acting driver, Waldo Fidele, saw Elias on the truck’s surveillance camera and immediately switched off the truck’s blade. Mr Fidele then called emergency services.
Carmen Salazar, Elias’ grandmother, said she remembers the child heading outside for a few minutes before hearing the sound of the garbage truck and seeing Mr Fidele.
“I’m very thankful that he was looking at that camera at that time and he acted so fast,” Ms Salazar told the media outlet.
“Because otherwise, he wouldn’t be here.”