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50 MPH ride in wheelchair stuck on the front of semi


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50 MPH ride in wheelchair stuck on the front of semi

Michigan Man in Wheelchair Pinned to Grille of Semitrailer for 4-Mile Ride

Benjamin Carpenter, 21, was crossing a Michigan highway in his wheelchair when he became stuck in a semitrailer's grille and pushed for miles before the unknowing driver was pulled over, police said on Thursday.

Carpenter escaped unharmed, saying, "It was quite a ride," police said.

Carpenter was attempting to cross on Wednesday when the light turned green and his wheelchair became hooked onto the front grille of the truck, which reached 50 mph during the 4-mile trip down Red Arrow Highway, Michigan State Police Trooper Michael Sinke said witnesses reported.

Carpenter was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He had been secured to his wheelchair by a seat belt.

Witnesses reported that the light turned green, so the truck took off, never seeing the wheelchair in front of him or the fact that it had attached to his front grill. When officers stopped the truck at a private business, Carpenter was in a calm state.

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That's funny stuff! I'm glad he didn't get hurt.

Post Sat 09 Jun, 2007 8:00 am 
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Wow, can you just imagine? A free ride... almost as good, if not better or more thrilling than a roller coaster ride. AWESOME!!! He has a story to tell everyone for the rest of his days.

I wonder how many people that read this article, and wheel around in a wheelchair will go out now and try hooking up to an 18 wheeler. heehee

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