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Unread postby consigliere » Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:55 pm

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/0706 ... ir_truck_1

Michigan man in wheelchair gets wild ride after lodging in semi's grille
Thu Jun 7, 11:01 AM

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) - A man was taken on a wild ride when his wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semi tractor-trailer and was accidentally pushed down a highway for six kilometres at about 80 km/h, authorities said.

The 21-year-old man, whose name wasn't released, was unharmed but was taken to hospital as a precaution. He had been secured to his wheelchair by a seatbelt.

"The man spilled his soda pop, but he wasn't upset," said Sgt. Kathy Morton of the Michigan State Police.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, a caller told police dispatchers, "You are not going to believe this: There is a semi truck pushing a guy in a wheelchair on Red Arrow Highway," state police said in a release.

Authorities initially wondered whether the report was a prank call until others called with similar reports.

Officers stopped the truck - wheelchair still attached - at a trucking company. The driver didn't believe officers until he stepped from his cab and saw for himself.

An investigation revealed the man in the wheelchair had pulled in front of the truck at a gas station and it somehow became lodged by its handles to the front grille.

(Here is a pic: http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070607/480/ ... 3f76616fb6 )
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Unread postby jfiling » Sun Jun 10, 2007 1:59 pm

Listening to the 911 calls is disturbingly entertaining. Although I have to admit I would be pissing myself if I saw that (out of fear for the guy in the wheelchair).


edit - OK, before anyone tells me that "entertaining" isn't the right word, I guess I can only consider it that seeing how he ended up completely all right and seems to be actually cool with the experience.
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