Police: Trucker in 422 crash was choking on apple

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March 30, 2011 10:56:54 AM PDT
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 Route 422 Reading when he began choking Tuesday morning.

Authorities say Paylor then lost consciousness and crashed through a concrete median.

Investigators tell Action News they 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.

Paylor was treated and released yesterday from the hospital.