Alexander City Man Survives Being Stuck Inside of Garbage Truck


By Heather VacLav

An Alexander City man survives being stuck inside the back of a garbage truck Thursday morning.

Never knowing a man was inside; the garbage truck drove about eight miles down highway 280 from Ruby Tuesday’s to its next stop at Texaco Gas Station to unload another dumpster.

Deputy Chief Willie G. Robinson says the garbage truck driver started compressing the trash before noises continued from inside his truck. “He kept hearing screaming and hollering, and then he stopped and opened up and there he was,” Robinson said.

Police say first responders pulled 44-year old Dallas Crouch out from inside the truck around 4:30 a.m.

Crouch told police he was looking for his wallet inside the trash at Ruby Tuesday's when the dumpster was lifted up and into the garbage truck.

“That's just unbelievable to go into a garbage can and to hear that noise of a truck coming and to not get out,” Orlando Thomas of Alexander City said.

Thomas’ wife, Malissa also couldn’t believe Crouch found himself lodged inside the garbage truck.

“The dump truck is very loud, and for them to be able to hear him banging, he had to be hanging pretty hard,” Malissa Thomas said.

Other customers inside Texaco say the freaky accident will be the talk of the town for a few days.

“When you first hear it, you know now that he's not hurt, it's funny,” Larry Dodson of Goodwater said. “But if he got squished it’s not, it would have been a mess.”

Texaco employee Loretta Nall says it’s a miracle Crouch is still alive. “Nobody would have ever known, they would have been digging him out of a landfill if he didn't make enough noise to stop the truck.”

Police say Crouch was treated and released from a local hospital with no cuts or broken bones.

“He's lucky he's still alive, thank God he's still alive,” Dodson said.

CBS-8 News reached out to Dallas Crouch at his home, but was unable to talk with him a bout the accident.

Deputy Chief Robinson says the Alexander City Police will continue to investigate the situation, but don't expect Crouch to make the same mistake twice.


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Shouldve sqished the spyder said on Friday, Dec 7 at 11:15 AM

You go Trish! You are absolutely right! He is a pshycopath who talks a good game for a while before his true self shines through...alcohol brings it out. He is abusive on top of being an alcoholic,and God bless any woman who wastes her time with him, or who has had to endure his wrath.

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Trish said on Saturday, Nov 17 at 3:08 PM

Spyder aka dallas christopher (not Christian) even though he tells people that is his name is a deadbeat dad and I bet he was sleeping off his latest drunk in the trash bin .

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Ex said on Saturday, Nov 17 at 3:06 PM

Gives a whole new meaning to the term WHITE TRASH !!

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Shouldve sqished the spyder said on Monday, Oct 29 at 3:19 PM

Chris Crouch, the village idoit, lived with me for over a year. He is a drunk, pretentious, liar. He does these things to himself, do not take pity on him! You want to get in touch with ya go...256-307-5554. He needs to be in jail.

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Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl said on Thursday, Oct 25 at 9:33 PM

Lotso, you may smell like strawberries, but what you did to Woody and Buzz was wrong!

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Slinky Dog said on Thursday, Oct 25 at 9:32 PM

We 'bout got near burnt up in that incinerator, if it wundt for them little Pizza Planet fellers gettin' us out.

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Lotso said on Thursday, Oct 25 at 9:27 PM

The same thing happened to my pals Woody and Buzz once. They got out too.

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