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Mountain of Garbage Saves Man Who Jumped 9 Stories

Jan 2, 2011 – 10:25 PM
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A suicidal man jumped from a building in New York City and fell nine stories -- but was saved when he landed on a huge pile of garbage that had piled up since last week's blizzard.

The New York Daily News reported that Vangelis Kapatos, 26, leaped from his family's apartment on 45th Street in Manhattan just after noon today.

"He landed on a garbage pile," one official told the Daily News. "That's the only reason he's alive."

Kapatos, who had recently been released from a pyschiatric institution, was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was in critical but stable conditon, the paper said. His injuries were not life-threatening.

The city sanitation department suspended trash collection after a Dec. 26 storm dumped 2 feet of snow on New York, causing mountains of garbage bags to pile up on the streets.

Read more on the New York Daily News website.
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