LAKEWOOD — A man cleaning the barrel of a cement truck fell inside and lost a leg after it was crushed when he accidentally turned on a pump.

Lakewood police Chief Gregory Meyer says the truck from SM Pumping and Construction was at a construction site on 14th Street working for Benchmark Builders when Joseph Brune slipped and turned the machine on as he fell.

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First responders hoisted Brune out of the machine and applied a tourniquet before he was flown via medical helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, according to Meyer.

A spokeswoman for OSHA told us Brune's left leg was amputated and his hip was damaged. OSHA is investigating the incident.

The Lakewood Scoop reports a man named Moshe K. was walking by the truck and climbed into the truck to press a button that Brune told him would stop the pump. He then called 911 to bring help to the scene, according to the Scoop.

First responders assist a man who fell into a cement mixer in Lakewood (Lakewood Scoop)

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