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Firefighters rescue Dunwoody woman from trash chute

DUNWOODY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - A Dunwoody woman had to be rescued Sunday after getting trapped inside a trash chute at her apartment complex.

Rescue crews were called to the Gables Metropolitan Apartments just after 8 a.m. 

Amanda Still, 19, said she was throwing away trash when she accidentally threw her phone down the chute, too.

"I tried to get it out with a broom and then it didn't (work), so then I saw the phone, it was right there, I never would have fallen in," Still said.  "Well, I had flip flops on, so (I) slipped and I went all the way down."

Still was with a friend, who immediately called 911.  But even after rescuers arrived at the apartment complex, she was stuck in the chute for hours. 

"I was stuck up there upside down, one foot up, one foot down, for about two hours," Still said.

Dunwoody firefighters had to take apart the compactor in order to get Still out.

Still had gotten sick while stuck in the chute surrounded by trash.  She was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor bruising and hypothermia.

While the situation may have seemed humorous, Still told CBS Atlanta News that what happened to her was not something to laugh at.
"It is not funny because the paramedics told me if they would have not came, I would have died of suffocation," she said.

Dunwoody police Sgt. Fidel Espinoza said a buildup of trash from the weekend may have saved her life.

"Fortunately, because of the trash, it being the weekend and all, people throwing their trash kind of builds up," Espinoza said. "It literally stopped her before she fell into the compactor."

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