Pickup trucks are attractive vehicles for teenagers. They provide promise of adventure and excitement, but too often, the promise that is fulfilled is serious injury. The open box on a pickup is often used to carry passengers who have no restraint system to protect them from wild or erratic driving. The hazards of using a pickup truck for joy riding was demonstrated by a truck accident that caused serious injuries to a resident of Lowell, Mass.
According to reports of the accident, a young man was riding in the open box of a pickup when he was thrown from the truck. When emergency workers arrived, the young man was lying on the ground. They saw that he was suffering from several traumatic injuries. According to rescue workers, the young man had been riding in the box of the truck, which was being driven in an erratic manner. The unpredictable driving apparently caused the young man to be thrown from the truck. The victim was taken by ambulance to Lowell General Hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to Meth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. His injuries were described as serious and life threatening.