Friday, June 08, 2007

Dudes' wheelchair lodged in semi grille, travels 4 miles on highway

Ben Carpenter got the ride of a lifetime when his electric wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was accidentally pushed down a highway for several miles at about 50 mph.

His father, Donald Carpenter, was incredulous when police called to tell him his 21-year-old son was OK after the wild ride. He said his son had started to cross at an intersection where the truck had stopped for a red light. The light changed to green while Carpenter was still in front of the semi, which started moving forward.
The truck bumped into the side of the wheelchair, which then started turning forward, its handles becoming lodged in the grille, the father said. The wild ride had started. "He's so low that the truck driver couldn't see him, and the truck headed out," he said.

The bizarre sight caught the attention of motorists, many of whom called 911 on their cell phones. A pair of undercover police officers who happened to be driving in the opposite direction at the time saw what was happening, did a quick U-turn, followed the truck to its business and informed the disbelieving driver, Donald Carpenter said. » Article here

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At 6/08/2007 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a long haul truck driver, I as a truck driver do not understand why the truck driver was not scanning the area while he was at the red lite. The Smith's system teaches to scan the area...keep your eyes moving. Obviously he was NOT paying attention to the surrounding area while he was at the light.


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