Homeless man in metro Detroit alive after being crushed in garbage truck

Posted at 4:25 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 17:13:25-04

A homeless man is telling his story after he was nearly crushed to death in the back of a garbage truck in November.

Marcus Baldwin says he remembers that cold and rainy day when he was just looking for sanctuary.

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He says he found a church downtown in Mount Clemens and thought it was safe to sleep in their dumpster. He had been there for a month.

In late November Baldwin says he was heading back to the dumpster after starting his new job at a demolition company. The next morning Waste Management came to pick-up the trash and he was inside.

He says he fell head first.

"I was just trying to get as far away from anything. I felt it was like a little cave that's where I ran to," he says.

Baldwin says he was crushed at least three times after being in the truck for four hours.

"I was screaming and yelling please get me out of here, please get me out of here waving my hands. I was out of blood, I was out of life. I was just done."

The driver saw his hand and got him to the fire department.

Baldwin says he had two broken legs and one of them had to be amputated because of an infection.

He says he’s doing better after he received a grant from Macomb County that helped get him his own house.

"It's just an everyday struggle, but I'm doing better. I'm not on the streets. I have a home at least I can go to every night," Baldwin says.