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Man Dies After Climbing Into Clothing Donation Bin

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(WLNS) - Lansing police received a call last night of a man who was stuck in a clothing donation bin. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Lansing Police Department responded late Tuesday night to a call and when they made it to the scene on South Washington, they saw an unresponsive man who was stuck in a donation bin.

The fire department managed to get the man out and took him to the hospital, but doctors weren't able to save him.

“Basically what we've got now is that he tried to climb into the device, and he got trapped and at that point he lost his life,” said Robert Merritt, Public Information Officer, Lansing Police Department.

These clothing donation boxes aren't rare around the city. We spoke to the Executive Vice President of Volunteers of America who says they have around 30 of these boxes in the Michigan area and sometimes people do get into them to take out items.

But the issue is not a big concern for the organization.

“Some people do, but it's not a big enough problem that we're worried about it, or track it or try to do much about it. Generally the boxes are secure enough and the entry is difficult enough that folks don't attempt to,” said Patrick Patterson, Executive Vice President, Volunteers of America.

The Lansing Police Department is currently conducting an autopsy, but they are treating this as an accident that is not suspicious in nature.

They are also not releasing any names until they reach out to the man's family.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern
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