Trash helps Canadian teens survive 7-storey fall

Fri Jul 2, 2010 4:16pm EDT
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VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A pile of trash awaiting recycling helped two Vancouver teenagers survive a seven-storey fall from a building roof, police said on Friday.

The 18-year-olds had climbed atop an apartment building, apparently to watch Canada Day holiday fireworks on Thursday, when the cover over a shaftway collapsed and sent them plummeting.

Fortunately for the falling boy and girl, the bottom of the shaft was filled with bags of debris that cushioned the impact of landing on a concrete floor, police said.

The two were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, including broken bones, officials said.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, Editing by Peter Galloway)