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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Wheelchair user taken on wild 50-mph ride

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.

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.

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That wheel chair must have some z rated tires on it...wow...I'll have to put on my full gear and try that...sounds like fun.

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Damn that must have been a scary ride. I cant believe the wheels didn't melt off.
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Just saw this posted on a different forum. I'm was thinking about cruising over to Red Arrow myself . I'll watch out for semi's!

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That's awesome.
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“The man spilled his soda pop, but he wasn’t upset,” said Sgt. Kathy Morton of the Michigan State Police.
that chit is great!

But seriously, I am VERY surprised the wheels stayed on... I would imagine the bearings would have exploded, or the rubber melted, or something. Jeezus.
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Nice ride. Homeboy's quite lucky.

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here is a link to the story with a pic.

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_arti...?storyid=76184

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how the hell did he manage to get stuck like that? Look how deep those handles are!


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wow I would have not believed this if someone had told i would put my whole paycheck on it dammmmm im glad the guy it ended well though and the guy was safe. repped
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johnny knoxville has nothing on that guy!

at least he knows what its like to ride a hardley davidson. wind in the face and slow getting up to speed....

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at least he knows what its like to ride a hardley davidson. wind in the face and slow getting up to speed....
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that chit is great!
Ya think that's great, wait till ya hear the 911 calls ... I swear, this one woman was hyper-ventilating, but then the next caller was just very matter-of-fact about it.... like it was something she sees everyday.
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I bet the tires on the chair were TOAST!
THey were, did you see the pics on the news? THose tires had zero tread left. That guy soiled himself 5 times over im sure.
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THey were, did you see the pics on the news? THose tires had zero tread left. That guy soiled himself 5 times over im sure.
Nuh uh... I think he had teh ride of his life!!! I haven't seen the pics of him yet, but the way they were talking about it on the radio, his hair was mussed up, but other than that, he was totally fine about it!!
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Maybe he didnt feel like living anymore... but now he has a new reason TO RIDE SEMI GRILLS DOWN THE HIGHWAYS
That's what I was thinking, but the story says the guy was crossing the street and the light changed and the semi did not see him.

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Nuh uh... I think he had teh ride of his life!!! I haven't seen the pics of him yet, but the way they were talking about it on the radio, his hair was mussed up, but other than that, he was totally fine about it!!
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