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An incredible story with a happy and safe ending

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by zagoshe, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    Every so often I see a story like this and can't believe it. This dude should play the power ball every night for the next month......

    Mich. man in wheelchair takes wild ride
    By JAMES PRICHARD, Associated Press Writer

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A 21-year-old man got the ride of a lifetime when his electric wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was pushed down a highway for several miles at about 50 mph.

    Ben Carpenter was unharmed but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He had been secured to his wheelchair by a seat belt. Carpenter, who has muscular dystrophy, told a television station that he thought he might not make it through the ride.

    "I was probably thinking that this is going to keep going and not stop anywhere, 50 or 60 miles somewhere," he told WOOD-TV of Grand Rapids.

    Ben Carpenter's father, Donald, told The Associated Press that his son had started to cross at an intersection Wednesday afternoon in Paw Paw, about 140 miles west of Detroit. The light changed to green while his son was in front of a semi, which started moving.

    The wheelchair's handles became lodged in the grille, the father said, and the wild ride started.

    Motorists called 911 on their cell phones, and a pair of undercover police officers who happened to be nearby saw what was happening. They pulled the truck over and told the disbelieving driver, Donald Carpenter said.

    The chair was undamaged except for losing most of the rubber on its wheels, he said.

    "It's a very bad story that ended very well," he said. "We're just thrilled that he's still around."
  2. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    They're still picking dead bugs out of his teeth, though.
  3. chazp

    chazp Active Member

  4. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member



  5. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    That outta spark some good comments outta this crowd.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Really seems like too much horsepower for that wheelchair. Extreme athletes these days!
  7. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    damn. wow.
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