Rhode Island mechanic tirelessly works to repair wheelchair lift

Created: April 07, 2021 06:17 PM

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. - For the last 24 years, Chris Barber has been "Mr. Fix It" when it comes to cars and motors.

He's a lead tech at North Smithfield's Phantom Motor Works.

Several weeks ago, he met Linda Abrants. She was on a quad that crashed 20 years ago.

She uses a wheelchair, but still drives. Her truck is a driving force behind her independence.

Something that hasn't been all that great is her wheelchair lift. Abrants says it was cheaply made, and the company has been unhelpful.

Recently when it broke again, she brought it to Barber.

Although it was impossible to get parts, for six weeks he worked tirelessly to literally reinvent the wheel.

When it came time for Abrants to pay, she was charged peanuts.

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