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Local man goes for the ride of his life (Pushed 4miles by a semi!)
WOOD TV Grand Rapids, Mi. ^ | June 7, 2007 | WOOD TV

Posted on 06/07/2007 4:59:46 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan

The Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post and Van Buren County Central Dispatch began receiving strange reports of a man in a wheel chair being pushed by a semi truck on Wednesday afternoon.

The wheel chair of a 21-year-old man became lodged in the grill of a semi truck as the vehicle pulled out of a gas station. The semi then began driving down Red Arrow Highway, with its new and unusual hood ornament still attached.

At speeds up to 50 miles per hour for 4 miles!


TOPICS: Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: grandrapids; hoodornament; michigan; pawpaw; wheeeee; wheelchair
Local man goes for the ride of his life

Updated: June 7, 2007 07:23 AM

PAW PAW -- The Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post and Van Buren County Central Dispatch began receiving strange reports of a man in a wheel chair being pushed by a semi truck on Wednesday afternoon.

The wheel chair of a 21-year-old man became lodged in the grill of a semi truck as the vehicle pulled out of a gas station. The semi then began driving down Red Arrow Highway, with its new and unusual hood ornament still attached.

Police initially thought the report might have been a prank until they started receiving more reports of the situation.

Troopers responded to the Ralph Moyle Trucking Company, located on Red Arrow Highway, where it was reported the semi truck had pulled in -- wheel chair and occupant still attached.

Troopers and officers discovered the man in the wheel chair, unharmed.

An investigation revealed the semi truck, owned by RMI, had pulled out of a local gas station. While doing so the young man in the wheel chair pulled in front of the semi truck. His wheel chair became lodged by its handles in the front grill of the semi truck. The unwitting semi truck driver then proceeded to travel west on Red Arrow Highway at speeds of approximately 50 MPH.

The semi traveled for an estimated four miles unknowingly pushing the man in the wheel chair.

Once the semi truck had pulled into the Ralph Moyle lot, Troopers approached him and advised him of the man in the wheel chair. The driver did not believe them until he stepped out of the truck and saw the man still sitting in his wheel chair.

Police said the man was unharmed and unfazed by the incident. The young man said it was quite a ride. 

One trooper on the scene said it would be possible to work another 90 years in law enforcement and never see an incident such as this one, but they are just glad no one was injured.


1 posted on 06/07/2007 4:59:50 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: MaryFromMichigan

How many people are going to try that today, I wonder.

Someone will surely want to beat 50 mi/h in a wheelchair pushed by a truck!

Truckers could mount a wheelchair and charge people for rides.


2 posted on 06/07/2007 5:04:02 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

That wheelchair seat probably needs a good cleaning. But the fellow is okay,after all He’s a Pepper!


3 posted on 06/07/2007 5:16:56 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Liberals, A terrorists best friend!)
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To: Right Wing Assault

I’m HORRIFIED, yet I’m giggling.
That’s something you’d only see in the movies!
I don’t think it would register with my brain if I actually saw that going down the road. I cannot imagine the terror he must have felt! Glad he is ok. God was trying to get his attention!


4 posted on 06/07/2007 5:17:08 AM PDT by Muzzle_em (A proud warrior of the Pajamahadeen)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Wanna bet the wheelchair manufacturer starts a new ad campaign soon?


5 posted on 06/07/2007 5:18:38 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: MaryFromMichigan


Give that man the new Speed Racer! He's earned it.
6 posted on 06/07/2007 5:19:24 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Now that’s a case of tailgating!


7 posted on 06/07/2007 5:21:22 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: 4yearlurker

Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?!


8 posted on 06/07/2007 5:26:35 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: MaryFromMichigan
The young man said it was quite a ride.

THAT is the understatment of the year. I wonder what company made the wheel bearings and tires for that wheelchair.

9 posted on 06/07/2007 5:32:49 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Guns don't kill people. None of my guns ever left the house at night and killed anyone.)
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To: Arrowhead1952; All
I've only posted 23 threads in the years I've been here.
Got a kick out of this one!
The story was was local, weird and had a happy ending to boot!
10 posted on 06/07/2007 5:39:25 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Right Wing Assault

I sent the link to Drudge!
It’s up! Lol!!!


11 posted on 06/07/2007 5:50:32 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?!

In this particular instance, no.
12 posted on 06/07/2007 5:50:55 AM PDT by Cheburashka (DUmmieland = Opus Dopium. In all senses of the word dope.)
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To: MaryFromMichigan; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...

"Schweeeeeeet!"



13 posted on 06/07/2007 11:39:10 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This was posted earlier ...still an amazing story.


14 posted on 06/07/2007 12:26:42 PM PDT by Daffynition (All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; MaryFromMichigan
Old Granny says she's going for it.


What have I got to lose?
Says 87 yo Granny Crackers


15 posted on 06/07/2007 1:58:45 PM PDT by Lady Jag (((,,`,,`,Ooooh...I think I think I need more meds,`,,`,)))
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To: rainbow sprinkles
I don’t think it was posted earlier.
This happened yesterday afternoon and was just a small town story till this morning.
16 posted on 06/07/2007 2:10:06 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: MaryFromMichigan; Squantos; Larry Lucido; Dan from Michigan

Look what’s happinin in Paw Paw!

Bet this boy shit himself pretty good!!


17 posted on 06/07/2007 2:12:47 PM PDT by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag
Lol!
GREAT graphics!
18 posted on 06/07/2007 2:19:24 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: MaryFromMichigan

I only steal from the best.


19 posted on 06/07/2007 2:22:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Any word on the brand/make/model of that wheelchair? If I ever need to buy one, or a family member needs one that’s the one I would buy!!! I wonder if the company will offer this man a commercial?

Very glad to hear he was not hurt physically.


20 posted on 06/07/2007 2:35:37 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog: http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com)
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To: raybbr

That’s what came to my mind, too! How could any other manufacturer say that their wheelchair is that sturdy! (o:


21 posted on 06/07/2007 2:41:29 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog: http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

06/07/2007 7:59:46 AM EDT by MaryFromMichigan

06/07/2007 11:28:26 AM EDT by Snoopers-868th

Posted on 06/07/2007 5:12:49 PM EDT by Pete-R-Bilt

LOL ... now it’s been posted 3X that I can find ...still a GREAT story! THX for posting it!


22 posted on 06/07/2007 3:06:56 PM PDT by Daffynition (All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Bizarre.

Glad the poor fella’s OK.

Just as long as he didn’t begin his ride drunk ...

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,484431,00.html

... or German


23 posted on 06/07/2007 3:16:26 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
That's way I didn't see them.
They were posted after this one.
Weird story!
24 posted on 06/07/2007 3:37:39 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: MaryFromMichigan

This guy will get a Leno/Letterman appearance fer sure!


25 posted on 06/07/2007 3:39:43 PM PDT by Daffynition (All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!)
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To: Titan Magroyne

“Fat, drunk, and German is no way to go through life, son.”


26 posted on 06/07/2007 5:37:17 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Heh. Beats getting a ticket!


27 posted on 06/07/2007 5:49:59 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
I wonder what company made the wheel bearings and tires for that wheelchair.

No kidding! They definitely met and surpassed quality control standards! I hope they are somehow informed and recognized for putting out a superior product.

28 posted on 06/07/2007 6:03:06 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Right Wing Assault; 4yearlurker; Muzzle_em; raybbr; Hoodlum91; PBRSTREETGANG; Arrowhead1952; ...
The 911 calls...
29 posted on 06/07/2007 7:14:57 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; KlueLass; ...

Michigan may not have the greatest employment outlook, but we lead the WORLD in some areas. So there. ;’)


30 posted on 06/09/2007 7:06:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated June 8, 2007.)
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