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Man injured in runaway RV in Epping back in hospital


EPPING — The man injured in a runaway RV mishap a week ago landed in a Boston hospital Thursday, but he's expected to recover and hopes to be back behind the wheel soon.

"That doesn't bother me," Gregory Rollins said, referring to the thought of once again driving the RV that took him on a wild ride down a hill while he was asleep in the master bedroom.

Rollins, 64, of Wareham, Mass., remained hospitalized at Brigham and Women's Hospital on Friday after doctors discovered bleeding on his brain.

Rollins was rushed to Exeter Hospital with injuries that included a lesion on his spleen immediately following last Saturday's incident at the MX 101 race track at New England Dragway. He was released from Exeter Hospital Wednesday, but said he still didn't feel right.

"You just know something is wrong, but you don't know what's wrong," he said.

Rollins went home and sought additional care at a local hospital after he started "seeing things," he said. Rollins said he was sent to Brigham and Women's Hospital for further treatment.

Rollins is taking medication to help with the bleeding on his brain and said he was expected to be released at some point on Friday and planned to follow up with his doctor next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Rollins still can't shake the image of the RV flying more than 200 yards downhill with no driver at the wheel while he was stuck in the bed.

"It bothers me that the machine moved while I was sleeping," he said.

Rollins was alone in the 1997 Winnebago Adventurer owned by his friend and woke up as he was being tossed around after it began rolling when the brakes apparently let go. He began yelling for the driver to slow down, but quickly realized there was no driver after the motor home sailed over a jump and eventually dropped 12 feet onto the middle of the race track used for dirt bike races.

Rollins said he has no problem driving the RV or riding in it again. It sustained little damage and is being repaired.

At 64, he's certainly had his share of life experiences, but said his ride in the runaway RV is one he won't soon forget.

"Nothing compares to that," he said.

jschreiber@newstote.com

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