Fire department rescues man stuck in landfill chute

December 30, 2011 1:47:18 PM PST
San Jose fire personnel Friday morning rescued a 24-year-old man who became stuck in a material chute at the city's Zanker Road Landfill, a fire department spokesman said.

Twenty-two fire and rescue personnel responded to the landfill, located at 675 Los Esteros Road, around 7:50 a.m. after someone at the facility called 911 and reported that an employee was injured, fire Capt. Anthony Melendrez said.

Melendrez said a man accidentally became stuck in the loading part of a "material chute," a machine that sorts out various products at the landfill.

Rescuers extricated the man at about 8:20 a.m. by strapping him onto a backboard, then placing him in a basket and lowering him down from the second floor of the two-story building onto a gurney.

Melendrez did not specify what kind of injuries the man suffered, but said he was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition.