An investigation is continuing after a man miraculously escaped serious injury while sleeping in an overturned rubbish bin of a garbage collection truck in Kerry.
The incident happened just after 7am in New Street on Tuesday, Killarney, reports Independent.
Gardai were alerted and rushed to the spot and closed the road for some time. After this the road has been reopened.
The man involved – who is not from Kerry but had come from another county in Munster – was examined at the scene and transferred to the University Hospital of Kerry (UHK) in Tralee for precautionary treatment.
His injuries are not life threatening.
However, a series of tests are underway to determine the extent of the injuries and possible fractures suffered by the man, reports Independent.
The man was in shock and complained of pain after the accident.
Sinn Féin MP Pa Daly called it a “close call”.
He added that if it emerged the man was homeless, it would potentially highlight the wider problem of an emergency housing shortage that needed to be addressed “urgently”, reports Independent.
However, Kerry County Council has confirmed that the individual is not on the register of people seeking accommodation in Kerry.
The waste company involved in the incident – KWD – said it sincerely hopes that the members of the public involved, whose privacy they wish to respect, make a speedy and full recovery. KWD said it would not comment further on the incident.
Gardai are investigating the incident and reviewing CCTV security camera footage to try to determine the circumstances that led to it, reports Independent.
Locals insisted that the man was lucky that he did not suffer serious injuries in the accident.
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