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18-Wheeler Pulls Car Under Trailer on I-95

Posted May 3, 2007

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— A husband and wife from Canada were hurt Thursday when their Honda sedan was pulled under a tractor-trailer they had pulled over to let onto Interstate 95 near mile marker 81, the Highway Patrol said.

The two were going southbound with the wife driving when the tractor-trailer came onto the highway from I-40, troopers said. She pulled to the left to make room, but the air flow from the 18-wheeler drew the car back to the right and began to pull it under the trailer, they said.

The husband, in the passenger seat, suffered three broken ribs and a collapsed lung, police said, and was airlifted to WakeMed by a helicopter that landed on the highway. The wife had a cut on her head and was taken to WakeMed by ambulance, they said.

Police credited the trucker with preventing more serious harm by quickly slowing and pulling into the emergency lane so no other traffic would hit the car.

The couple's names were not release, but troopers said they were from Montreal.

The highway was closed for a time while rescue workers freed the couple.

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  • Steve Crisp May 3, 2007

    Many years ago, I had a friend of mine who owned some little convertable British sports car like an MG or something similer. The total head clearance was so short that it was like riding in a pancake. He used to love to get beside an 18-wheeler on the left, then drive under the thing, popping out on the other side -- while driving down the highway. It was the most amazing thing to see.

    I lost track of him some 30 years ago and don't know if he lived very long thereafter. :)

  • BIG YAWN May 3, 2007

    At least it wasn't a motorcycle. Hope the canadiens are doing ok tonight.