Trash truck crew saves woman's life

A trash truck crew is being credited

with saving a southwest Missouri woman they found in the back of

their truck.

Springfield police say the 32-year-old Branson woman was in a

trash container that had been emptied into the truck early


The crew found her in the back of the truck just before operating the truck's compactor

Police say the woman appeared to be

intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and was not able to

explain how she ended up in the back of the truck.

the compactor would likely have killed or injured the woman.

The woman was taken to a Springfield hospital with minor

injuries. Police say no charges will be filed.

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