|Updated: 8/22/2012 9:18 am
||Published: 8/21/2012 10:05 pm
A late 1950's Chevy is the reason a 17-year-old from Delaware County took a trip he won't soon forget.
The journey starts in the town of Colcord and it ends with more than anyone expected.
Every time Caleb Payne drove past a certain fenced-in field, an old rusted Chevy grabbed his attention.
"I've always wanted to see it and look at it," said Payne.
He and his buddies decided to hop the fence Sunday night for a closer look. Caleb had a 10 o'clock curfew.
"They like to look at cars I guess,” said Shelby Ziebarth, Payne's girlfriend.
Payne figured he had just enough time to flip this over to see what was underneath. He told, each of his boys to grab a side and push. Caleb grabbed the middle.
"About time I got it flipped, I went face first. Hit a rock," said Payne. “Bounced around a few times and hit the water."
It was dark outside, so his friends couldn’t see him. Payne had fallen some 80 feet a well.
"It was hand-dug,” said Payne. “You could tell by how jagged it was."
He peeled skin off his fingers and arms when he grabbed the walls and tried to stay above water.
His friends panicked and dialed 911. Payne missed his curfew. He spent two hours treading through the dirty, cold water. He even worked up an appetite.
"I was just like, bring me a McChicken,” said Payne. “I was hungry."
"He's not always been the brightest, but he's him,” said Ziebarth.
By the time first responders pulled Payne out, he was shivering and bleeding. Even so, something about his experience under the hood of the old broken Chevy excites him.
"It blew a rollercoaster out of the water,” said Payne. “It was one heck of an adrenaline rush. I wish I’d seen the hole."
Payne and his friends face a fine for trying to take the scrap metal which the Delaware Co. Sheriff says is a crime.