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New Jersey Man Dies Trapped Inside Clothing Donation Box

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A New Jersey man died after he was stuck in the door of a Salvation Army clothing donation box Monday night.

Bridgeton police received a call just after 11 p.m. reporting a man dangling from a donation box, located behind a Salvation Army Church.

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Officers found 50-year-old Joseph L. Hanshaw trapped in the box’s door. It took them several minutes to free Hanshaw, who was transported to a local emergency room.

Hanshaw was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

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Authorities called his death an “unfortunate and tragic death by misadventure.”

Police believe Hanshaw was either attempting to get some warm clothes from inside the box or looking for a warm place to sleep.

The New York Post reported a similar incident in March of 2012, when a Staten Island woman climbed into a clothing donation box to steal clothing. Melissa Mazzeo, 51, suffocated after the box’s metal door closed on her head as she tried to climb out.

Sources: Gothamist, NJ.com