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Man died after sleeping in waste bin

A homeless man died after his legs were crushed in a collection vehicle after he was tipped in while sleeping in a bin.

The Metro newspaper has reported that Russell Lane was tipped into a refuse lorry in January 2018.

He was rescued and taken to hospital where doctors wanted to amputate his injured left leg, but he refused and died just over a month later after an artery became infected.

An inquest in Maidstone heard evidence from three Veolia workers, one of whom, Graham Bailey, tipped the bin into the waste lorry.

He told the court he and his co-workers had been trained in how to ensure there was no one sleeping in the bins.

“I hit the sides about three or four times; there were no signs of movement,” he said. “I took the bin over the cobbles, lifted it an inch or so off of the ground, lifted the lid and looked inside. All I could see was carpets and cardboard.”

Bailey said he pressed the emergency stop button and the lorry’s driver, Paul Link, shut off the operations as soon as they realised what had happened.

Family members told the inquest court that Lane had money and no reason to sleep in a bin, making his presence there a mystery.

Coroner Katrina Hepburn said she could not determine the death to be accidental and recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

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