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Posted by on Jun 7, 2007 in At TMV | 7 comments

19 Wheeler: Only In The Hometown News

wheelchair trucker

I think this belongs under Humor, but also under No Way.
Is your hometown newspaper filled with an overabundance of stranger than fiction stories, like mine?
I mean, who’s going to believe a movie that opens with this…

Man in wheelchair pushed 4 miles by semi-truck, police say….

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A 21-year-old west Michigan man got the ride of a lifetime after his wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semi-truck and was pushed down a highway, police said.

The man, whose name police did not release, was unharmed but was transferred to a hospital as a precaution…
He was secured to his chair by a seat belt.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, a female caller told dispatchers, “You are not going to believe this: There is a semi truck pushing a guy in a wheelchair on Red Arrow Highway,” Michigan State Police said in a release.

Authorities initially wondered whether the report was a prank call until others called with similar reports.

Officers stopped the truck, wheelchair still attached… and learned the man had steered his wheelchair in front of the truck as it left a gas station in Paw Paw in Van Buren County, about 140 miles west of Detroit.

The wheelchair’s handles lodged in the truck’s grille, and the driver continued west on the highway for about four miles at speeds of roughly 50 mph before being stopped, police said.

The driver did not believe officers until he stepped from his cab and saw the man in front of his truck, police said.

The man apparently was unfazed by the incident. “It was quite a ride,” police quoted him as saying.

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