Observant trash truck driver saves another life

David Travis spotted a man's hand just before he was about to compact the trash in his truck. It was the second time he may have saved a life because of his observance of the surroundings. (WSMV)

David Travis knows his route in Montgomery and Robertson counties inside and out.

"Running it for 29 years you learn to watch for stuff and be observant," said Travis who drives for Waste Management.

It's a good thing because Travis had already dumped the dumpster behind a Clarksville Rite Aid and pressed the button to run the blade.

That's when he saw it: a human hand.

"I don't think he realized how much danger he was actually in because it's got about 2,300 pounds of pressure in it and it would have crushed every bone in his body," said Travis.

Believe it or not, this wasn't the first time Travis saved a life.

The same thing happened in 1999, only that time it was a 13-year-old boy, a runaway with his two dogs.

"He was in there where it was dry getting something to eat," said Travis.

The sad truth is, it happens frequently, especially in big cities like Nashville where more homeless people live.

Fortunately, there are drivers like Travis who keep their eyes and ears open.

"I just try to watch what I'm doing, and be alert, and keep in mind for things that are out of place, and hopefully this doesn't happen again," said Travis.

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