Garbage Pile-Up Stops Man’s Apparent Suicide Attempt

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — One week after a blizzard paralyzed the city, the snowdrifts were melting Sunday but the mountains of trash were growing.

The build-up of trash, however, may be the reason why one Manhattan man is still alive.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reports

Police said a 26-year-old man, apparently trying to commit suicide, jumped from a 9th floor window Sunday afternoon at 325 W. 45th Street. However, he landed on a pile of uncollected garbage bags, which padded his plummet and eventual fall.

People called 911 and police arrived at the residential building between 8th and 9th avenues, where they found the man in a semi-conscious state. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Trash collection had been suspended while crews struggled to plow city streets in the aftermath of last Sunday’s powerful snow storm, which left behind 20 inches of snow.

The Department of Sanitation announced it would resume garbage pickups on Monday.

“We are able to resume garbage pickups now that significant progress has been made,” Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said.

Recyclables won’t be collected until further notice, but Christmas trees will be picked up. Alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules will be suspended again on Monday.

  • Rick Rickerson

    “…padded his plummet and eventual fall”…. So first he plummeted, then he eventually fell? How long was the time lapse between the two? News reporting has become awful these days.

  • James Brandenstein

    Now he gets to sit in a padded cell , all pumped up with drugs.

  • George C.

    I bet he’s gonna sue ……. Lol

  • murray hill

    Only in New York!!!

  • pugsley

    its not yet his time.. thats d reason he still lived.. heehheeh

  • Rob

    You shouldn’t jump either…Life is precious, just like you said….

  • Donnatella Soleil

    Thank God. I hope this guy realizes that not many people get a second chance after attempting to take their own lives. Life is precious. If anyone should have jumped it should be me. I am happy he is alright and hope he receives help to keep him alive a little longer. <3 Peace

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