(WBIR) A homeless man from Greeneville described his experience of getting trapped inside a moving garbage truck.
It happened early Wednesday morning when the truck driver picked up a dumpster, not knowing the man was inside.
Every now and then, Monterrey Mexican Restaurant in Greeneville leaves food outside for Daniel McAffry. The Greeneville Police Department said McAffry was sleeping inside the dumpster, but he told 10News he was fetching food when the dumpster started to move.
"Yeah, it picked me up and dumped me in the truck. And there was nothing I could do because I was already in the truck," he recalled.
The truck driver, Kirk Gossack with Greeneville Public Works, told WBIR's sister station WCYB that he made several stops and even compacted the trash.
"I could see it pressing toward me," McAffry recalled.
McAffry screamed, yelled, whistled, and pounded the inside of the truck.
"I didn't see anybody so I got up, walked around the truck, still didn't see no one, then I got to the driver's side... I just happened to look up and all I see is the guy up there holding on with his head poked up out of the top saying, 'Help, get me out of here,'" Gossack said.
The 53-year-old went to the hospital with minor injuries.
"Now he's the talk of the town," said Randy Rogers, McAffry's friend.
"They call me 'Dumpster Dan' and everything now," said McAffry.
McAffry has been homeless for about seven years. He said he is now staying away from dumpsters.
"I feel God blessed me another day on this sweet Earth. Yeah, that's what I feel like. I am lucky to be alive," he said.
McAffry continues to look for a place to live.