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Riding shotgun with a paraplegic truck driver

Truck driver in cab

By James Menzies – As seen in the June, 2012 issue of Truck News

BELLEVILLE, Ont. – On a mild mid-April day, owner/operator Mike Dingler is shooting the breeze with fellow drivers, while waiting for his paperwork before setting out on an afternoon run. Paperwork in hand, he says his farewells and then proceeds to his yellow Freightliner Century Class.

Dingler removes the wheels from his wheelchair and passes them up into the cab. He then climbs aboard the hydraulic lift that he designed himself, and slowly rises up to seat level. He passes the rest of his wheelchair into the cab and then pulls himself into the driver’s seat. The chair and its detached wheels are stowed in the sleeper cab, and Dingler’s ready to roll…

View the complete article as printed in the 2012 issue of Truck News

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