Thursday, March 31, 2011
“Lucky” Trucker saved from choking when he crashed
A Pennsylvania trucker may have saved his own life with an unintentional and very elaborate Heimlich maneuver. Police say 55-year-old Richard Paylor, of Fairless Hills, Bucks County, was eating an apple as he drove on a busy highway in Reading when he began choking. Authorities say Paylor then lost consciousness and crashed through a concrete median. Investigators believe the apple was dislodged when Paylor smacked his chest against the steering wheel. Police recovered a chunk of apple from the dashboard. Investigators spoke with doctors who backed up their conclusion that the accident dislodged the offending fruit.