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Greece: A man, believed to be homeless, crushed in a “robot dumpster”

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Authorities in northern Greece say a man was killed in an automated dumpster after opening the bin and looking inside, apparently looking for food.

Police say the unidentified man, believed to be homeless and around 40 years old, was trapped in the trash can and crushed to death when the compactor mechanism was activated.

The incident happened Monday in the port city of Alexandroupolis in northeastern Greece, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) northeast of Athens.

Fire and ambulance personnel set up a screen around the dumpster as they removed the man’s body near the center of town.

Known locally as “robot dumpsters”, the large cylinder-shaped bins have been installed in many small municipalities. Compactors help reduce the frequency of garbage pickups as well as the smell of garbage during the hot summer months.

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