Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wheelchair Man Gets Pushed By Truck 4 Miles Without Driver Realizing

A truck driver has pushed a wheelchair-bound man for four miles without realising it.

Wheelchair truck guy

Police stopped the truck - wheelchair still attached - at a trucking company.

The driver did not believe officers until he stepped from his cab and saw for himself.

Kathy Morton of the Michigan State Police in the US said: "When he saw us, he was like, 'What's going on?'"

An investigation revealed the man in the wheelchair had pulled in front of the truck at a gas station and it somehow became lodged by its handles to the front grille.

As the truck sped away the man was taken for a ride down a highway for four miles at speeds of about 50 mph.

The 21-year-old man, whose name was not released, was unharmed but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Luckily, he had been secured to his wheelchair by a seat belt.

Ms Morton said: "The man spilled his soda pop, but he wasn't upset."

Police were first alerted by a caller who told police dispatchers: "You are not going to believe this: There is a semi truck pushing a guy in a wheelchair on Red Arrow Highway."

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

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