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Rochester: Homeless man who was crushed after being scooped into bin lorry 'died of cardiac arrest in surgery'


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A man who was trapped in a bin lorry died as a result of a cardiac arrest in surgery, a pre-inquest review has revealed.

Russell Lane suffered crushing injuries to his legs after sleeping in a bin in Rochester High Street on January 8.

When the bin men collected the rubbish, despite following protocol to check the bin was empty, Mr Lane became trapped.

Russell Lane was trapped in a bin lorry
Russell Lane was trapped in a bin lorry

It was revealed at the review that doctors at Medway Maritime Hospital wanted to amputate Mr Lane’s leg but he refused and wanted a second opinion at a hospital closer to his home in Southampton.

While waiting to be transferred, Mr Lane suffered heavy bleeding from his femoral artery and while surgeons tried to save him, he had a cardiac arrest.

Russell Lane was trapped in a bin lorry
Russell Lane was trapped in a bin lorry

He died on February 17.

The full inquest to find the cause of his death, including why he was sleeping in the bin, is expected to be held in October.

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