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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Man Survives Wheelchair Ride After Getting Stuck on a Truck

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- A 21-year-old man got the ride of a lifetime when his electric wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semi-trailer and was pushed down a highway for several minutes at about 80 kilometers per hour.

Ben Carpenter was unharmed, and 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," he told WOOD-TV of Grand Rapids.

Ben Carpenter's father, Donald, said his son had started to cross an intersection Wednesday afternoon in Paw Paw, about 225 kilometers west of Detroit. The light changed to green while his son was in front of the truck, which started moving. The wheelchair's handles became lodged in the grille, the father said.

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

Ben Carpenter, who lives with his parents, had gone to Paw Paw to ride on a trail with a medical aide who was on a bicycle, his father said. The aide had fallen slightly behind at the time Carpenter was crossing the intersection and, because of the angle, did not see him being pushed down the road.

The ride burned most the rubber off the wheelchair's tires, which were replaced Thursday morning, in time for his son to use the wheelchair this weekend at a muscular dystrophy camp.

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