What do You Get When you Combine a Kiwi with an Air Hose?

A human balloon!

A New Zealand trucker was “blown up like a balloon” in a freak air hose accident—and lived to tell the tale. Steven McCormack slipped on the plate between his truck’s cab and trailer, ripping the hose away from the compressed air reservoir that powered his rig’s brakes. The exposed nozzle pierced his buttock and pumped air into his body, which expanded dramatically, reports the BBC.

“I felt the air rush into my body and I felt like it was going to explode from my foot,” McCormack says. “It felt like I had the bends, like in diving. I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon,” he says. The trucker’s colleagues heard his cries and came to the rescue, turning off the air and placing him on his side so he could breathe. Doctors say the air separated fat from muscle and they’re amazed his skin didn’t burst.

Only in New Zealand…

3 thoughts on “What do You Get When you Combine a Kiwi with an Air Hose?

  1. Chuck Grantham 25 May 2011 at 2:34 pm

    A new monster for The Hobbit film?

    Seriously, Jim: why would you troll (ahem) for such news items?


    • Jim 25 May 2011 at 2:49 pm

      they come to me


  2. Doug 25 May 2011 at 4:48 pm



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