Local Man Lucky to be Alive After Falling From Semi-Truck

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 One local man is lucky to be alive after he fell from a semi-truck inside the Wheeling Tunnel.

When Wheeling Police officers arrived on scene they found 37 year-old Rodney King running east on Chapline Street.

King, who’s originally from Martins Ferry, told officers he jumped onto the semi at 7-11 in downtown Wheeling after drinking at one of the bars nearby.

He hoped to ride on the back until reaching Pennsylvania, where he’d meet family members.

The situation became life-threatening when King lost his grip when the truck started gaining speed.

Officers noticed a a bump on the left side of his head as well as minor cuts and scrapes to his arms and knees.

After he was cleared at the hospital, King was issued a citation for public intoxication and his parents were notified.

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