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Sanitation worker injured in St. Paul Park cardboard compactor accident

A worker lost part of both of his legs after getting stuck in a large mechanical cardboard compactor at Tennis Sanitation in St. Paul Park.

According to a St. Paul Park police report, the 27-year-old St. Paul man who works at Tennis had been kicking cardboard that became jammed in the machine when he fell in, shortly before 9:30 a.m. Nov. 24.

Employees rushed to assist victim, later identified as Moris Nieto Trejo. One employee backed off the compactor after he heard the man yelling and another turned off the machine. A third employee went into the hopper to assist Nieto Trejo, who was about 6 feet below the top of the machine, according to the report.

Emergency crews lifted him out of the compactor on a backboard and he was transported to Regions Hospital. Police said Nieto Trejo had both of his legs amputated, one above the knee and one below the knee.

Employees and Tennis co-owner Willie Tennis all told police it was common for workers to try to free jammed cardboard by kicking it as Nieto Trejo had.

-Scott Wente