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Old 06-07-2007, 08:34 AM  
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Wheelchair user taken on wild 50-mph ride

PAW PAW, Mich. - A man was taken on a wild ride when his wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was accidentally pushed down a highway for four miles at about 50 mph, authorities said.

The 21-year-old man, whose name was not released, was unharmed but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He had been secured to his wheelchair by a seat belt.

“The man spilled his soda pop, but he wasn’t upset,” said Sgt. Kathy Morton of the Michigan State Police.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, a caller told police dispatchers, “You are not going to believe this: There is a semi truck pushing a guy in a wheelchair on Red Arrow Highway,” state police said in a release.

Prank call?
Authorities 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. 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?”’ Morton said.

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




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Old 06-07-2007, 10:49 AM   #46
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could a wheelchair handle 70 rpms for 4 miles on a rough asphalt road?


i wouldn't think so


unless it sort of lifted him off the ground when the truck raise up at the higher speed. I suppose he could of been carrying instead of pushed.
70 RPM’s isn’t much, but my calculations weren’t correct.
+250K RPM’s is a shit ton. I’d be amazed if the bearings survived that.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:51 AM   #47
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I wasn't intending to come off as a prick. I figured we've known each other long enough that I didn't have to sugar-coat it.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:56 AM   #48
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And the guy's not wearing shoes BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WALK.
That doesn't mean crap. I've met plenty of people who spend their whole lives in wheel chairs....and they wear shoes.
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:02 AM   #49
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I'm envisioning a brand new marketing opportunity and offshoot from NASCAR...

The Wheelchair Push 500!

Now THAT's an extreme sport!
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:07 AM   #50
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70 RPM’s isn’t much, but my calculations weren’t correct.
+250K RPM’s is a shit ton. I’d be amazed if the bearings survived that.
all the more reason to think that if this is true then the semi truck lifted the wheel chair off the ground as it gained speed.

wheels on the chair would of simply melted off if it was really being 'pushed' at that high of speed.
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:11 AM   #51
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all the more reason to think that if this is true then the semi truck lifted the wheel chair off the ground as it gained speed.

wheels on the chair would of simply melted off if it was really being 'pushed' at that high of speed.
Which is true if we're talking about the $99 wheelchair most of us have seen in our lives. But this is a pretty high end wheelchair with bearings and durability engineered. Naturally, it's not engineered to travel at high speeds on the highway, but those wheels can turn for a while.

Now, it really would take a mathematician to determine how long those wheels would last under the drag conditions, road conditions, chair specs, etc. The guy is incredibly lucky to be alive. Had he been pushed sideways I'm guessing the chair tips and he's roadkill.
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:37 PM   #52
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Show me where I’m wrong then.
4” diameter = 12.56” circumference or the distance it will roll in one revolution.
1 MPH = 88 FPS (Feet Per Second) http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001729.html
or 1056 in inches so 50 MPH = 52800 Inches traveled per second.
52800 / 12.56 (our wheel circumference) =4203.8 revolutions per second.
4203.8 * 60 = 252,228 RPM's.

I see it, never mind.
It's been annoying the heck out of me why our numbers dont' match, and I finally found it. Your reference actually say that 1 MPH = 88 ft/min, not 88 ft/sec, so your figure is 60 times too high. The answer is 4203.8 RPMs.
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:38 PM   #53
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That doesn't mean crap. I've met plenty of people who spend their whole lives in wheel chairs....and they wear shoes.
Yeah, but that's just because they're show horses.
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:44 PM   #54
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How did my thread get turned into a RadarChief/Rainman/Laz/Phobia Physics class?
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:44 PM   #55
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I'm not so sure the guy in the wheelchair is wearing shoes. From the pic he could be wearing just socks with little designs on them. I need a higher quality pic of his feet.
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:45 PM   #56
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Then again, maybe they took his shoes off because the poop ran down his leg and into them. Seems like his socks would have stains though.
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:47 PM   #57
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How did my thread get turned into a RadarChief/Rainman/Laz/Phobia Physics class?
This is not just about laughing about unfortunate people in wheelchairs stuck to the front of semis. It's also about learning.

Though it's still mostly about laughing about unfortunate people in wheelchairs stuck to the front of semis
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:49 PM   #58
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Which is true if we're talking about the $99 wheelchair most of us have seen in our lives. But this is a pretty high end wheelchair with bearings and durability engineered. Naturally, it's not engineered to travel at high speeds on the highway, but those wheels can turn for a while.

Now, it really would take a mathematician to determine how long those wheels would last under the drag conditions, road conditions, chair specs, etc. The guy is incredibly lucky to be alive. Had he been pushed sideways I'm guessing the chair tips and he's roadkill.
That looks to be about a $15K-20K wheelchair. It could probably handle it.
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:50 PM   #59
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It's been annoying the heck out of me why our numbers dont' match, and I finally found it. Your reference actually say that 1 MPH = 88 ft/min, not 88 ft/sec, so your figure is 60 times too high. The answer is 4203.8 RPMs.
I see, you’re correct.
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Old 06-07-2007, 01:36 PM   #60
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i don't see how that's possible

the wheels on the chair are so much smaller they couldn't turn fast enough to keep up.

They would of been skidding and melting at 50 mph


surely there is a mathematician in the house that can figure out how fast a 4 inch wheel would have to turn to keep up with a 4 foot wheel at 50 mph.
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