An American woman has been rescued after reportedly getting trapped inside a clothing donation bin for nearly three days. 

The 38-year-old woman told local police that she was reaching into the bin when someone pushed her, causing her to fall inside.

The New Jersey woman was stuck in the bin, which was located behind an apartment building, for a whole weekend before a passerby heard her screaming and called police.

Police say that firefighters were required to use metal spreading tools to open the bottom of the container to set her free.

According to Paterson Police Director Gerald Speziale, this is the third time in two years that the woman has had to be rescued from inside a clothing bin.

She was subsequently rushed to hospital after reportedly suffering from frostbite from her time inside the metal bin.

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