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    Mich. man in wheelchair takes wild ride

    By JAMES PRICHARD, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 8, 5:57 AM ET


    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A 21-year-old man got the ride of a lifetime when his electric wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was pushed down a highway for several miles at about 50 mph.

    Ben Carpenter was unharmed but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He had been secured to his wheelchair by a seat belt. Carpenter, who has muscular dystrophy, told a television station that he thought he might not make it through the ride.

    "I was probably thinking that this is going to keep going and not stop anywhere, 50 or 60 miles somewhere," he told WOOD-TV of Grand Rapids.

    Ben Carpenter's father, Donald, told The Associated Press that his son had started to cross at an intersection Wednesday afternoon in Paw Paw, about 140 miles west of Detroit. The light changed to green while his son was in front of a semi, which started moving.

    The wheelchair's handles became lodged in the grille, the father said, and the wild ride started.

    Motorists called 911 on their cell phones, and a pair of undercover police officers who happened to be nearby saw what was happening. They pulled the truck over and told the disbelieving driver, Donald Carpenter said.

    The chair was undamaged except for losing most of the rubber on its wheels, he said.

    "It's a very bad story that ended very well," he said. "We're just thrilled that he's still around."



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    You are taking 1 too next saturday in my Ocean Kayak AMbush, down Luces Bayou, folks come see this historical event your own webmaster in a kayak floating down Luces Bayou still tenative next sat mourning anyone with a kayak or canoe to join us !!
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    I'm surprised he did not die of a heart attack!
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    Wow, that is incredible that no one waqs hurt

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    WBF guys inh wheelchairs are tuff, Piper is ione of the hardest workin gand fishin gman i know in a wheelchair, he backs away from nothing and noone his is my brother and I love him, daz whuy i am taking him KAYAKING!!!:captain:
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    Thanks for the pic. I looked for one today but didn't find one. A coworker sent me the article.

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    Wow.. What an incredible story. Sure glad he is ok.

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