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Eating While Driving

WendyChili.jpgFrom Associated Press:

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) – Police said a Massachusetts lumber truck crashed into a home after the driver was knocked unconscious by a small chili from Wendy’s. Lowell police said Eric Gremm reported that he choked on the chili when the truck hit a bump, causing him to pass out as the flatbed truck veered off the road and slammed into the home. The man, 59, said emergency workers at the scene told him that he had passed out, but he could not remember losing consciousness.

Police said the truck hit the foundation of the home, and authorities were worried that the home might collapse when the truck was pulled out.

Gremm was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Police said he could be cited for eating while driving.

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Marshall Davis

posted February 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I also saw this story and wondered what spiritual insight could be drawn from this story. I noticed you didn’t provide a spiritual application either. Perhaps the dangers of gluttony? Or something about the spiritual foundations of our lives? Help me out here!

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posted February 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Clearly the question is if God *actually* lodged the Wendy’s chili bean in the guys throat or if God just created chili and let the guy choke himself.
If it isn’t obvious, the previous paragraph is a little light hearted satire. Scot’s real reason for posting this was no doubt to discuss the theological issues surrounding near-death experiences.

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Scot McKnight

posted February 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Clearly an aetiological tale on the origins of cracked foundations in homes, though some scholars think the story is a eulogistic parable on the sturdiness of lumber trucks.
A neighbor suggested the chili-choker was actually texting on his iPhone.

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Rick in Texas

posted February 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm

The man, 59, said … he could not remember losing consciousness.
Isn’t that sort of the whole concept of losing consciousness?

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