• Jun 7, 2007
It could have been a horrible tragedy, but at the end of it all, no one was injured, and there were no hard feelings, either. Michigan State Police were skeptical when they started receiving calls saying that a big rig was pushing a wheelchair down the Red Arrow Highway in Paw Paw, Mich., but when the calls didn't abate, they headed out to investigate.
The rig was found in front of a local trucking company and to everyone's shock, there was a wheelchair attached to the front. With a man in it, no less. The occupant was unharmed, and the astonished truck driver had no idea he was even there. Apparently, the wheelchair was in the process of crossing the road in front of the truck. Too low for the driver to see, it was driven into. Miraculously, the chair was positioned in such a way that the handles lodged in the rig's grille and it wound up facing forward. Think about it -- it could have just as easily been knocked over and then run over -- a nightmare scenario for all parties involved.

Instead, the worst thing that happened was that the man in the wheelchair apparently spilled the soda pop he was drinking during his high-speed trip. Of the experience, he told authorities, "It was quite a ride."

Friends, that's today's candidate for understatement of the year.

[Source: South Bend Tribune]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry the go here is http://www.adazonusa.com for the barcode labels and stuff.

      I think the wheelchair thing is a hoax though. There is no way the chair would hold up to 50mph. Especially the wheels.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good stuff, Doc. Thanks for sharing.
        Doc
        • 7 Years Ago
        I've known Ben and his dad for a year or so (it's a small town) The chair Ben has is not a cheap one. However I don't think they even made it to take this abuse. The tires are shot, They look like ribbins a pack of cats torn into. My son and I had a dentist appointment today and the two little tire marks from his chair can be clearly seen and measure 2 plus miles pass the dentist office (about 1/2 mile out of town) Lucking for Ben the truck was heading west, towards the truck local lot. East and they would have hit the interstate. And god only know what that direction would have held for our young traveller. And it is POP here in Paw Paw Michigan. Home of the coke cola/minutes maid, and 7 up bottle plants. Ben had his opions but remains a pepper..
        • 7 Years Ago
        actually the wheels probably would hold up alright... i mean they did after all.. wheel chairs tires dont have air tubes but are solid rubber and steel
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is incredible the wheels did not even burst at those speeds.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought "PoP" was universal for any soft drink. The word for any soft drink out west (Idaho, Utah, Wyoming,
      Montana, Etc. was always "Pop", no matter what brand of
      soda it was.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the guy in the wheel chair is wearing an "I'm a Pepper" t-shirt...interesting...i wonder what type of "pop" was spilled?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd actually pay for a ride like that. Lucky bastard.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone know where the actual video can be viewed that was taken by the police cam approaching the truck while it was moving?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Next time on "Mythbusters", Big Rig Myths, Part 2!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "It was quite a ride."

      This guy wins the award for "Pair of the Year."

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the line in it about being 'Unharmed and Unfazed'... clearly he is used to going 50 mph in his chair...

      Mmmm... Paw Paw, such a great town they named it twice... It really is amazing that the driver didn't get on 94, considering the area, I mean Red Arrow goes pretty darn far, but travel on 94 is a lot quicker in Southwest MI...
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this ever becomes a ride at the Michigan Adventure theme park... I'm hitting it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Well," said Mole, after the wheelcair was disentangled, "We thought you'd calmed down a bit after you had that accident at Bonneville."

      "Calm?" Toad replied, "Why, my dear fellow, I'll be calm enough and to spare in the grave! But before then, well, 'carpe diem,' eh? Eh?"

      "What's that mean--'carpy deem?'" whispered Ratty to Mole.

      "I think it's some sort of fish." Mole replied.



      --From "The Windshield in the Willows"
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