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Woman Suffocates in Recycling Bin

Bruises indicate she tried to tip the bin over to escape
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2011 1:00 AM CDT
Woman Suffocates in Recycling Bin
Garbage bins in different colors stand in an alleyway for separation of different kinds of waste.   (Getty Images)

An Ohio woman apparently tripped and toppled head first into her recycling bin, where she suffocated. Shelia Decoster, 62, was discovered by her husband in the 65-gallon bin. "I shook her leg and called her name, and I knew she was gone," he told the Toledo Blade. She was wearing pajamas, and her slippers were still standing on a porch next to the bin. "You can asphyxiate in minutes," said the local coroner. "She had some bruises like she was trying to get out, like she was trying to rock it and tip it." The coroner ruled Decoster died of "positional asphyxia," meaning she was situated in such a way that it prevented her lungs from filling with air, notes the BBC. (More Ohio stories.)

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