Published March 30, 2011
READING, Pa.-- 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.