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Friday, July 29, 2005

Pensioner takes to motorway in wheelchair

Truck drivers in Germany were shocked to find themselves sharing a busy Autobahn with an 80-year-old pensioner travelling at extremely low speeds in a wheelchair, authorities said.

"He wanted to go shopping at a service area up the road from his home," said a spokeswoman for police in the eastern town of Goerlitz.

"He took to the hard shoulder in an electric wheelchair capable of speeds of between 6-10 km/h."