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Wheelchair user taken on wild 50-mph ride

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  1. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    Wheelchair user taken on wild 50-mph ride

    Chair becomes lodged on semitrailer's grille, travels 4 miles on highway

    [IMG]Michigan State Police photo of the unnamed 21-year-old man after his trip down a highway on the grille of a semitrailer.


    PAW PAW, Mich. - A man was taken on a wild ride when his wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was accidentally pushed down a highway for four miles at about 50 mph, authorities said.
    The 21-year-old man, whose name was not released, was unharmed but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He had been secured to his wheelchair by a seat belt.
    “The man spilled his soda pop, but he wasn’t upset,” said Sgt. Kathy Morton of the Michigan State Police.ad_dap('250','300','&PG=NBCMSN&AP=1089');
    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.
    Prank call?
    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.
    “When he saw us, he was like, ’What’s going on?”’ Morton said.
    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.
  2. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    This mans fear of roller coasters was just cured.
  3. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    I'd imagine this kid was thinking what Dan Jenkins once wrote:

    "Lord, I don't care about the ham and cheese no more, I just want out of this sandwich"... ;)
  4. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    I can't imagine what going 50 MPH in a wheel chair on the front end of a semi feels like. I would have poo'd.
  5. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    The good news is if he did, he didn't feel it... ;)
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Turbo Dryer :laugh2:
  7. StanleySpadowski

    StanleySpadowski Active Member

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    I'm amazed that the wheelchair maintained its structural integrity on a highway at 50+ mph. I can't imagine it being built to withstand those type of forces.
  8. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    They're probably still picking bugs out of his teeth.

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