When a crew doing work for the city set about to demolish a trailer in Pontiac on Tuesday morning, they knew what to expect. They had already torn down the house; now they needed to do away with a trailer on the property.

So it came as a surprise to hear screams rising from the wreckage. Stunned, they stopped work.

They found a man inside, hurt and in need of medical attention, Oakland County Sheriff’s officials said.

Witnesses said workers with a company the city hired to tear down abandoned homes had already demolished a residence Monday in the 80 block of North Sanford. They returned to raze an approximately 12-foot-long trailer that remained.

The crew had hooked a large excavator to the trailer then dragged it to a spot where the structure could be crushed and loaded onto a truck, sheriff’s officials said. But when the demolition started, others involved in the project “could hear someone screaming from the rubble.”

Workers stopped the operator and helped a 59-year-old man inside the trailer.

He’d apparently been there before, investigators said: construction workers had repeatedly told the city resident to “stay away from the property.”

Sheriff’s deputies and the Waterford Regional Fire Department were called. Paramedics transported the man to McLaren Hospital-Oakland, where he was treated for injuries including several broken bones and a deep head laceration, authorities said. It was unclear if the injuries resulted from the work on the property.

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