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A young boy was picked up and thrown into a rubbish truck while playing hide and seek.
Elias Quezada, from Hillsborough County, Florida, was hiding in a bin when the local refuse workers came along to collect the trash.
Unfortunately for the seven-year-old, though, they didn't spot him hiding on a wheelie bin and he was picked up by the truck's mechanical arm and launched into the back of the truck.
Elias said he thought that it was 'the end'.
Speaking to WFLA, he said: "I got picked up and thrown to where I was going to be a mashed potato.
"I was thinking, 'this might be the end for me'."
It was only thanks to the driver who spotted the little lad as he came tumbling out of the bin, that he lived to tell the tale and was not crushed.
Waldo Fidele told the media that after seeing Elias he switched off the truck's blade and called 911.
He said: "Looking at the camera, I see something drop. I come outside, I see him, he said, 'Help me, help me'. I said, 'OK, you're OK now'."
Elias' grandmother Carmen Salazar said he had only been out of the house for few minutes when she heard the commotion outside.
She said she is just relieved Fidele was there to save the day.
"In a minute, he went out, and the next thing I hear is the sound of the truck and a guy screaming," she said.
"I'm very thankful that he was looking at that camera at that time and he acted so fast, because otherwise, he wouldn't be here."
Earlier this month, two more sanitation workers were praised after rescuing a 10-year-old who had been abducted.
The girl was snatched from a family member's home in New Iberia, Louisiana, last Sunday (7 February) afternoon.
According to police, an alert was put out at the time, with officers on the look out for a grey 2012 Nissan Altima, which the girl had last been seen getting into.
The next day, Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine, of Pelican Waste and Debris, became concerned after they spotted a grey car parked in the middle of a field while on their pickup route.
Thinking on their feet, the pair decided to block off the road out of the field to stop the driver from making a getaway, and called the police.
Speaking about the worrying incident during a Facebook Live, Mr Merrick said: "Something told me... I said, what's that car doing off in the field like that?
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