Oxnard transient injured after becoming trapped inside garbage truck chute

67-year-old man caught sleeping inside refuse bin

OXNARD, Calif. - A 67-year-old Oxnard transient is lucky to be alive after becoming trapped inside the chute of a refuse truck Wednesday morning.

Oxnard police said a city refuse truck was making a routine pick up in the 2000 block of Rose Avenue when the driver heard screams for help and stopped the truck.

Police found out through their investigation that the homeless man had fallen asleep in the refuse bin which was them emptied into the truck.

Firefighters were able to get the man out of the truck and he was taken to St. John's Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

The Oxnard Police Department reminds the community to stay out of refuse dumpsters for your safety and the safety of refuse truck drivers. Failure to use common sense and stay out of these dumpsters may lead to serious injury and even death. 

The following list of services are provided for anyone facing homelessness, or are already homeless and need emergency housing:

Homelessness Prevention Program

Rapid Re-Housing Program

County of Ventura Human Services Agency



The Kingdom Center

(women and children only)



Turning Point Foundation

(services for homeless with mental illness)



RAIN Project Transitional Living Center





Community Action of Ventura County

Day-time One-Stop Center; mail drop, counseling, job resources, showers

621 Richmond Ave., Oxnard CA 93030



Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Housing and utility assistance, health care, employment resources

Assistance hotline: 1-888-552-7872

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