Remember when you were a little kid, and you were warned that, when in a crosswalk in front of a stopped bus or truck, it was always really important to be sure the driver could see you over the tall front grill? Ben Carpenter of Paw Paw, Michigan, can now attest to this important safety practice.

Yesterday, while crossing the Red Arrow Hwy in his wheelchair, Mr. Carpenter didn’t quit beat the light. Unfortunately, Carpenter was crossing right in front of a semi-truck, and was not visible from the truck’s cab. As the driver pulled forward, the handles to Carpenter’s wheelchair became lodged in the grill, and a Simpsons-esque scene ensued, with Carpenter being pushed at 50 miles per hour 5 miles up the road, through town and past a middle school.

From the article:

When troopers arrived at the scene they discovered Carpenter unharmed and unfazed by the incident.

“I was happy. Thank God it was over,” Carpenter said. “I thought it was kind of like a fair ride. I don’t remember feeling any bumps though. I must have, but the road must have been pretty smooth.”

Police approached the driver and advised him of what happened. The driver did not believe them until he stepped out of the truck and saw Carpenter still sitting in the chair.

Wood TV 8 out of Grand Rapids has the official recordings of the calls to 911 on their website; evidently the incident upset witnesses a great deal more than it upset Carpenter.

With the 911 recording and Google Maps, you can actually track Mr. Carpenter’s progress through Paw Paw.

(via Poor Mojo’s Newswire)

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