Woman fighting for life after falling 16 storeys down garbage chute

2019-06-19 13:27
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An American woman is clinging to life after falling 16 floors down a building's rubbish chute.

The woman, whose name hasn't yet been released, was reportedly visiting her partner in Portland in the US when she went down the garbage chute and suffered severe head and neck injuries, The Oregonian reports.

Firefighters at Portland Fire and Rescue were called to the scene and found the woman, said to be in her 20s, inside a waste collection machine.

"[The 911 caller] said she was down near the garbage collection area and she was barely conscious," Portland Fire and Rescue spokesperson Rich Chatman says. "We have reason to believe there was a mental health component involved."

The young woman was rushed to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, where she’s being treated for life-threatening injuries, People reports.

"This isn't the kind of call we go on very often," Chatman says. "We just really hope she's able to recover from her injuries."

According to witnesses, the woman climbed into the chute and slid down the high-rise building. The garbage is said to have softened her fall, Daily Mail reports.

The police aren't planning to file a charge against the victim.

Sources: People, The Oregonian, Daily Mail

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