Crews were called to the Gables Metropolitan Apartments in Dunwoody shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, when the woman became trapped inside the garbage compacting device while trying to retrieve her cell phone.
The 19-year-old woman told Fox 5 Atlanta that she was wearing flip flops, which caused her to slip when she reached for her phone in the trash unit. She ended up falling a half story before hitting trash lodged in the unit.
Police tell CBS Atlanta that the trash lodged inside saved the woman from a long fall and serious injury.
Officials said they had to remove the entire trash compactor to free her.