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March 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Death of man found in Woodinville recycle center ruled an accident

The man whose body was found in a Woodinville recycle center Friday may have died when he was crushed in a recycle truck after the bin he was sleeping in was picked up, the King County Sheriff’s Office said today.

The death of William Burns, 65, appears to be accidental, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded to the Cascade Recycle Center in the 14000 block of Northeast 190th Street around 2 p.m. Friday when an employee found his body in a pile of recycled materials. Detectives investigated the scene and the King County Medical Examiner’s Office classified his death as an accident caused by crushing or blunt force trauma.

Burns was known to be homeless and had a documented history of sleeping in recycle bins, the sheriff’s office said.

Coincidentally, in an unrelated case, a couple who were sleeping in a dumpster with their dog were awakened this morning when they were thrown into the back of a garbage truck in Spokane. They were pulled from the truck before they suffered serious injuries.

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