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skunk
Jun 7, 2007, 03:59 PM
Wheelchair man gets highway ride

A wheelchair user has been taken for a high-speed ride along a US highway after his handlebars became tangled up in the front grille of a lorry.
The back of the 21-year-old man's wheelchair was scooped up as he passed in front of a lorry leaving a petrol station, Michigan state police said.

The truck driver drove off, completely unaware that he had a new passenger.

Passing motorists told police, who found the man unhurt - but still attached to the front of the truck.

He had been kept in his wheelchair by a seatbelt.

Police in the town of Paw Paw, Michigan, said the unidentified man told them "it was quite a ride", but complained only that he had spilled his soda.

The truck reached speeds of 50mph (80km/h) as it drove down the Red Arrow Highway.

After several miles the driver pulled over at the depot of a trucking company where police then told him about the man on his front end.

He refused to believe there was a man in a wheelchair stuck to the front of his truck until he saw it for himself, police said.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6732003.stm
Sounds like a lot of fun... :D

psychofreak
Jun 7, 2007, 04:02 PM
I wanna go...

Daveway
Jun 7, 2007, 04:02 PM
Clearly the man in the wheel chair is mentally handicapped.

No person with all their faculties would describe that ride as the man did.

Kinda reminds me of something I'd see on an episode of Jackass.

Jaffa Cake
Jun 7, 2007, 04:04 PM
While I was out on my lunch today a wheelchair-bound gentleman asked me to give him a bit of a push across the road, as he was having trouble negotiating some wonky paving at the crossing.

Who knows, perhaps I saved him from the same fate as his American counterpart?

mcarnes
Jun 7, 2007, 04:54 PM
He's lucky the wheels didn't break off his chair. I think I'll pass on that trip.

Osarkon
Jun 7, 2007, 05:19 PM
Clearly the man in the wheel chair is mentally handicapped.

No person with all their faculties would describe that ride as the man did.

Kinda reminds me of something I'd see on an episode of Jackass.


Or perhaps he just has a sense of humour and that perspective? I know I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it at the time but looking back at it, it must seem quite amusing.

sushi
Jun 7, 2007, 07:11 PM
Wow!

Luckily everything turned out okay.

holamiamigos
Jun 7, 2007, 07:52 PM
i got next

dmw007
Jun 7, 2007, 10:15 PM
That had to have been quite the ride! :eek:


I think I will pass on it however. :cool:

xsedrinam
Jun 8, 2007, 03:45 PM
Poppin' wheelies now taken to another level. :D

MACDRIVE
Jun 10, 2007, 04:30 AM
Is the word lorry British speak for Freightliner? :confused:

Macaddicttt
Jun 10, 2007, 12:08 PM
Is the word lorry British speak for Freightliner? :confused:

If freightliner is MACDRIVE speak for truck, then yes.

Abstract
Jun 10, 2007, 11:15 PM
Who says "freightliner"? Don't us North Americans usually call it a truck and leave it at that?

Or perhaps he just has a sense of humour and that perspective? I know I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it at the time but looking back at it, it must seem quite amusing.

Me too. :)

MACDRIVE
Jun 11, 2007, 12:08 AM
http://www.bensware.com/firetrucks/spotting/FreightlinerLogo.jpg

For those who don't know, Freightliner is a manufacturer of trucks. A very popular truck here in California. Sometimes the brand Freightliner is synonymous with trucks, much like the brand Kleenex is synonymous with tissue.

pengu
Jun 11, 2007, 12:41 AM
Who says "freightliner"? Don't us North Americans usually call it a truck and leave it at that?



Me too. :)

whats more, you americans call about a dozen different types of vehicles a "truck".

MACDRIVE
Jun 11, 2007, 01:35 AM
whats more, you americans call about a dozen different types of vehicles a "truck".

We also call this a truck; a hand truck that is. :p

http://www.sheelyassoc.com/products/dutro/img/a46rmp.gif

Macaddicttt
Jun 11, 2007, 01:47 AM
We also call this a truck; a hand truck that is. :p

http://www.sheelyassoc.com/products/dutro/img/a46rmp.gif

I'm from California and I've never heard of Freightliner before. I also would be completely confused if you asked for a hand truck. That, my friend, is a dolly.

pengu
Jun 11, 2007, 02:20 AM
according to Google Images, these two are dolly:

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/dolly/images/Dolly.jpg

http://www.bfeedme.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/04/Dolly%20Parton.jpg


Edit:

holy crap. that sheep has blue eyes!

all the sheep i ever saw (used to live on a property with sheep) had brown/hazel eyes.

so it's blue eyes, with "blonde" "hair".

omg it's hitler's arian dream child!!

Abstract
Jun 11, 2007, 11:35 AM
http://www.bensware.com/firetrucks/spotting/FreightlinerLogo.jpg

For those who don't know, Freightliner is a manufacturer of trucks. A very popular truck here in California. Sometimes the brand Freightliner is synonymous with trucks, much like the brand Kleenex is synonymous with tissue.

I think "Mack" (ie: Mack Trucks) are more synonymous than Freightliner. Never heard a pop culture reference to Freightliners, that's for sure.


whats more, you americans call about a dozen different types of vehicles a "truck".

Very true, but that doesn't change the fact. ;) Sometimes, if the "truck" is very big and has 18 wheels (or appears to have approximately that many), we may call it an "18 wheeler". However, we usually do stick with "truck".

I'm from California and I've never heard of Freightliner before. I also would be completely confused if you asked for a hand truck. That, my friend, is a dolly.

"Hand truck"? He must be making this up. It's weird for someone to troll a thread on wheelchairs and trucks/lorrys", no? ;)

ejb190
Jun 11, 2007, 10:50 PM
I saw this on our local news the other night.
A few facts about the story: The gentleman has muscular dystrophy, he uses a 600 pound wheelchair, he was buckled up, and the ride burnt the rubber off his tires!

AP Story: http://www.wsbt.com/news/michigan/7883462.html
Story and video from local TV station: http://www.wsbt.com/home/video/7885092.html

takao
Jun 12, 2007, 04:58 AM
I think "Mack" (ie: Mack Trucks) are more synonymous than Freightliner.

and one is owned by volvo while the other is owned by mercedes

"Hand truck"? He must be making this up. It's weird for someone to troll a thread on wheelchairs and trucks/lorrys", no? ;)
according to the internet that seems to be the correct thing

synth3tik
Jun 12, 2007, 05:14 AM
whats more, you americans call about a dozen different types of vehicles a "truck".

2 wheel dolly
http://www.uh.edu/infotech-new/images/classroom_equipment/dolly-p.jpg

Semi aka Tractor Trailer
http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/2727780/2/istockphoto_2727780_white_and_blue_semi_tractor_trailer_truck.jpg

Truk Lagoon
http://underwaterphotos.com/images/Truk03.jpg

skate board truck
http://www.k5.com/images/products/DESTRUCTO/S/TRUCK50USA_TRDE001.jpg

Pick up truck
http://www.johnlewis.com/jl_assets/product/230400305.jpg

So there. It's better then this English language we have. Maybe it's all England's fault.:D

biturbomunkie
Jun 12, 2007, 05:39 AM
that's soooo fun! i'd wanna try that!

mpw
Jun 12, 2007, 06:01 AM
...holy crap. that sheep has blue eyes!

all the sheep i ever saw (used to live on a property with sheep)...

"used to live on a property with sheep" yeah right, nice try at a save, but we all know what you're thinking...pervert.

AdeFowler
Jun 12, 2007, 06:09 AM
He must have been absolutely bloody terrified. Imagine if the wheelchair had fallen of, or the truck pulled up close to a wall or something :eek: