Michigan man lost wheelchair on Greyhound bus to Wilmington

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man from Michigan is being forced to extend his stay in Wilmington, because his wheelchair was misplaced on the way in town.

Garth Ulmer was so excited to visit Wilmington he bought his Greyhound bus ticket six weeks in advance.  But when he arrived in North Carolina, his excitement turned into frustration.

The Greyhound made three stops during his commute to Wilmington from Detroit.  He said the bus workers were very accommodating when he would get off the bus to use the restroom.

When the bus made a final stop in Raleigh, Ulmer's wheelchair was gone.

Ulmer planned to do some sight seeing and find a place to continue his education, but instead he spent his vacation sitting on a couch wondering what happened to his wheelchair.

"I've been on the phone with them for days, they always put me on hold," said Ulmer.

Ulmer has been using crutches while he's been in town, but says it would be impossible to use them to travel back to Michigan.

"I can't walk around a big college with 40 or 50 pound books," said Ulmer.  "In Michigan it's snowing. I can't walk around with one leg on the snow. It'll be tough."

While Ulmer made a claim with Greyhound and documented his visits to the bus station, workers with the station in Wilmington say Ulmer made a common mistake and did not have his wheelchair checked and tagged.

They say whenever you bring something on a Greyhound bus to always get it tagged like luggage - making it easier to find the item if it is ever lost.

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