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Man Lucky To Be Alive After Big Rig Clips His Wheelchair

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — David Schultz, 49, of Harrison Township says he’s lucky to be alive.

Schultz, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was in his wheelchair yesterday afternoon, going to a grocery store with his wife, when his wheelchair was clipped by an 18-wheeler.

The mishap knocked him and the wheelchair into the road, in front of the Heights Plaza Shopping Center.

“I was very lucky not to be tossed out of my wheelchair, that would have been the worst things that could have happened, I think the wheels on the big rig would have run me over,” Schultz told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti.

Schultz’s wife, Kim, said the two were in the parking lot in front of the plaza, explaining that they couldn’t use the plaza sidewalk, because it’s a construction zone — after a multi-million dollar fire ravaged the plaza in December.

A Harrison Township official said they’re aware of some complaints about the lack of the sidewalk, but, the contractor is working as fast as he can to get things back to normal.

After she saw the truck hit her husband, Kim Schultz said, “my heart stopped, I couldn’t move, I ran up to make sure he wasn’t missing any feet, or legs, then I called 911.”

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