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Video: Truck hits man in wheelchair, takes him for ride of lifetime.

In Ben Carpenter, Ben Carpenter Video, crazy, Crazy news, Life, Michigan, mobile phone, Odd News, Paw Paw, police, United States, USA, Wheelchair ride video, wheelchair truck ride, World News on June 8, 2007 at 9:17 pm

21-year-old wheelchair bound Ben Carpenter was taken on the ride of a lifetime in the US on Wednesday.

Emergency dispatch telephone operators in Paw Paw, Michigan recieved a call around 4pm  with reports from motorists describing a man in a wheelchair being pused along the front of a semitrailer at around 50 miles an hour (80kms).

“You are not going to believe this: There is a semi truck pushing a guy in a wheelchair on Red Arrow Highway,” one caller told state authorities.

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

Officers stopped the truck — wheelchair still attached — at a trucking company, about four miles away. The driver didn’t believe officers until he stepped from his cab and saw for himself.

“When he saw us, he was like, ’What’s going on?”’ a local policewoman said.

Ben told officers that “it was quite a ride”, but complained only that he had spilled his soda.

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

Carpenter was not hurt, but taken to hospital as a precaution.

That sounds like one very exciting, and dangerous, free ride. I wonder if he asked if he could do it again. Yeha!

One for the station bulletin board.

 Michigan State Police photo. 

See the interview with Ben Carpenter, including emergency call here:

Ben and parents in live interview on Fox News Channel, USA

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  1. I am so happy that Ben’s Angels were with him that day. We just came back from taking our son to the MDA summer camp. When we were checking him in we saw Ben, he was wearing a shirt that said ” I can drive 55″. Then we found out that Ben and my son were cabin mates. Ben and my son are friends and I am so happy that Ben made it out OK. Its always hard enough to tell him that a camper has pasted on, but not because of a silly accident.

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