Nov. 28 American Oddities

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Firefighters work for hours to free man stuck in trash truck

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say it took firefighters more than two hours to free a man who wound up stuck in a trash truck’s compactor section.

Police say it appears the man had been sleeping in a trash bin when he was tossed into the truck. He was buried under bagged and loose trash when firefighters tried to reach him Monday morning.

The ordeal happened outside The Kintock Group home, which serves as an interim stop before state and federal prisoners are released.

Authorities initially said the man escaped from the home, but a prisons department spokeswoman says no one was missing from a roll call.

The man was taken to a hospital with leg, hip and abdominal injuries.

Fire officials say residents who heard the man screaming called 911.

Police stop car with massive Christmas tree on top

SUDBURY, Mass. (AP) — Police in a Massachusetts town are showing residents how not to transport their holiday trees.

Sudbury police posted a picture Friday of a vehicle with a large tree on top of it. Almost the entire car appears to be hidden.

Police say an officer stopped the vehicle on Route 20 in the town, located about 25 miles west of Boston.

Police on Facebook reminded people to transport holiday trees “responsibly.”

It’s unclear if the driver was cited. The department did not immediately respond to a request for additional details on Monday.

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