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Friday, June 08, 2007

Wheelchair ride

Jason sent me an email on this. Quite the story. Taken from Yahoo.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A 21-year-old man got the ride of a lifetime when his electric wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was pushed down a highway for several miles at about 50 mph.

Ben Carpenter was unharmed but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He had been secured to his wheelchair by a seat belt. Carpenter, who has muscular dystrophy, told a television station that he thought he might not make it through the ride...

Ben Carpenter's father, Donald, told The Associated Press that his son had started to cross at an intersection Wednesday afternoon in Paw Paw, about 140 miles west of Detroit. The light changed to green while his son was in front of a semi, which started moving.

The wheelchair's handles became lodged in the grille, the father said, and the wild ride started.

Motorists called 911 on their cell phones, and a pair of undercover police officers who happened to be nearby saw what was happening. They pulled the truck over and told the disbelieving driver, Donald Carpenter said.

3 comments:

Dawn said...

That's the craziest thing ever!

Jonathan Erdman said...

I know, that's so wacky. I'm sure the guy was terrified, but I wonder if he reached a point where he stopped panicking and thought, "Dang, this is fun!"

Melody said...

Like maybe when it was over? ;)