Forklift driver thought he hit something that wasn't Drake Johnson
No, the forklift that hit Drake Johnson was not aiming for him.
The bizarre story of the Michigan running back’s injury got another bizarre element added to it, according to the Detroit News. While Johnson, who was a member of the university’s track and field team, was stretching when he was struck by a forklift.
But the driver of the forklift didn’t think that he hit the Michigan tailback. Apparently he thought he hit the starting block.
“According to the police report, the driver of the forklift/utility vehicle, Matt Johnson, said he was “moving a large cabinet and was traveling with the cabinet about eye level. He stopped at the large garage door and a co-worker opened the door for him.”
In the report, Matt Johnson said he drove into the building “and felt a bump, stating he thought he ran over a starting block, when he saw Drake Johnson, a student-athlete, roll from under the forklift. And M. Johnson realized he had ran over Drake Johnson who was sitting on the track floor stretching.”
Johnson is certainly more than “a bump” at 6-1, 207 pounds. And he suffered more than “a bump.”
The snake-bitten tailback was in the hospital as a result of the injury, which Jim Harbaugh said “would’ve killed a lesser man.” Johnson’s tweet after the injury said it all:
All I can say is thank god.
— Drake Johnson (@DRAKEington) April 13, 2016
Luckily for Johnson, he didn’t suffer a third anterior cruciate ligament tear. It remains to be seen if he’ll be a full participant when fall camp rolls around.
Michigan already has a bevy of talent at tailback with De’Veon Smith, Ty Isaac and four-star freshman Kareem Walker. Still, the Wolverines wouldn’t mind if the fluke injury bug evaded Johnson in his final season in Ann Arbor.