We talk to man who found 1963 Thunderbird turn signal embedded in arm 51 years after car crash
Art Lampitt has no memory of the crash. It happened a half century ago, when he was cruising in his new 1963 Thunderbird, and was smashed head on by a truck.
Lampitt was lucky to survive, but he moved on. Then, fifteen years ago, he walked into a courthouse and the metal detectors picked up something strange: a metal object embedded in his arm.
He tells Carol that doctors figured that it was a stray piece of medical equipment, accidentally left in his arm "They advised me just to let it be because it wasn't causing any problems."
So, he let it be. Until last Month, when he starting having some strange pains, and decided to go to another doctor. After an x-ray, Lampitt realized that the object in his arm looked suspiciously like the turn signal on his old Thunderbird. It was confirmed when Lampitt looked back at photos from the crash. "We went through the pictures and discovered that, in fact, the turn signal was missing.
Last week, doctors finally removed the rusty metal object.
"It's heavily corroded. I thought it might come out nice and shiny. I was quite naive in that respect."
Lampitt has been carrying around the old turn signal ever since. He's still not sure what to do with it. "I don't know anybody who collects things like that. Maybe I'll find them on eBay."