Man crushed by trash compactor while looking for cell phone

A Denver man is in critical condition after trying to play hero by rescuing a dropped cell phone from a trash chute.

22-year old Scott Walsh was trying to rescue a female friend's phone when he fell fifteen feet down a first-floor trash chute and became trapped. The compactor began to move with Walsh stuck inside. Rescue workers had to disassemble the compactor in order to extricate Walsh.

The compactor broke both of Walsh's legs, cracked his skull on both sides and ruptured arteries in his neck, his friend Liz DiSalvo said. He's been heavily sedated but is expected to survive, she said.

The condition of the phone is unknown.

Denver man in critical condition after being crushed by trash compactor in downtown apartment (Elsie Shmelzer/Denver Post)