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Semi pushes wheelchair-bound man 50mph down highway

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 3:39 pm
by Ian
I wonder if it was the drunk guy. ... n-highway/

It could have been a horrible tragedy, but at the end of it all, no one was injured, and there were no hard feelings, either. Michigan State Police were skeptical when they started receiving calls saying that a big rig was pushing a wheelchair down the Red Arrow Highway in Paw Paw, MI, but when said calls didn't abate, they headed out to investigate.

The rig was found in front of a local trucking company and to everyone's shock, there was a wheelchair attached to the front. With a man in it, no less. The occupant was unharmed, and the astonished truck driver had no idea he was even there. Apparently, the wheelchair was in the process of crossing the road in front of the truck. Too low for the driver to see, it was driven into. Miraculously, the chair was positioned in such a way that the handles lodged in the rig's grille and it wound up facing forward. Think about it -- it could have just as easily been knocked over and then run over -- a nightmare scenario for all parties involved.

Instead, the worst thing that happened was that the man in the wheelchair apparently spilled the soda pop he was drinking during his high-speed trip. Of the experience, he told authorities, "It was quite a ride."

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:05 am
by LoneWolf
Yeah, that's not too far from me. (probably about an hour).

Amazing how global this one's got. The Register even posted it up. The semi driver just didn't see him crossing the road (the man in the wheelchair had the right of way). I've got to believe it was really hard on the drive wheels of that powered wheelchair.