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Police say a man is lucky to be alive after he survived a trash truck compactor.

Greeneville police say the man fell asleep inside a dumpster behind a restaurant.

When the trash truck emptied the dumpster overnight, the man was dumped into the truck.

Police say the driver made two more stops and even compacted the trash before he realized the man was beating on the inside wall of the truck.

Firefighters helped rescue him.

He was not seriously hurt.

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