April 22, 2011 > Police: Pa. trucker saved from choking by crash
Police: Pa. trucker saved from choking by crash
Submitted By AP Wire Service
READING, Pa. (AP), Mar 30 _ 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 Tuesday morning. Authorities say Paylor then lost consciousness and crashed through a concrete median.
The Reading Eagle reports 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.
Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/