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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Mr. Toad Ain't Got Nothin' on This Guy

Talk about a wild ride!

When I first ran across this report, I thought it would have something to do with some hotshot trying to set the world land speed record for wheelchairs. Nope. From
    PAW PAW, Mich. -- A 21-year-old man was taken on a wild ride Wednesday afternoon when the wheelchair he was in became attached to the grille of a semi-truck and was taken four miles down a highway at about 50 mph. The man, whose name police did not release, was not injured. The driver was unaware he was pushing the man, according to a news release from the Michigan State Police.
It seems that as the driver of the truck was pulling out of a local gas station, the man in the wheelchair was pulling out in front of the truck. The handles of the wheelchair became lodged in the grille of the truck and the adventure began.

Police initially thought the 911 calls they started receiving were pranks -- until they caught up to the wheelchair after it had stopped and saw an 18-wheeler sticking out the back. The wheelchair's occupant was unhurt and seemed to have a pretty good attitude about the whole ordeal. Sgt. Kathy Morton of the Michigan State Police said, "The man spilled his soda pop, but he wasn't upset."

No word on whether or not the guy in the wheelchair was ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt. I'm hoping the cops decided to cut him some slack.


Anonymous said...

actually he did have a seatbelt on if you read the full thing on cnn

Lee Shelton said...

Yeah. It was supposed to be a joke.

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