Conn. Firefighters Lift Car to Save Man

By ABC News

Apr 21, 2014 1:11pm

A team of first responders in Connecticut went back to the basics in order to rescue an elderly man pinned by his car on Easter Sunday.

A group of about seven firefighters, aided by some police and paramedics, lifted the man’s truck off of him using their bare hands.

“The decision was made to use on-duty personnel to make the move,” Christopher Tracey, assistant chief for the Fairfield, Conn., Fire Department, told ABCNews.com today. “The firefighters got ’round the truck and moved the vehicle several feet to the right.”

Firefighters responded to a call around 6 p.m. Sunday from a resident who reported cries of help from an elderly man who appeared to be pinned between his car and the garage.

When police officers, firefighters and an ambulance arrived at the scene just moments later, they found the man, who was not identified, trapped on the driver’s side of his vehicle, a Nissan pickup truck.

Firefighters who broke the passenger window in order to gain access to the man saw that the vehicle was in drive but not running.

“It appears that the driver’s door was open and perhaps he was trying to get out as the vehicle was moving forward,” Tracey said. “It appears he wasn’t fully in the vehicle at the time and got pinned within the door frame.”

Once the first responders moved the vehicle, the man was placed onto a stretcher and taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he remains in critical condition, Tracey said.

St. Vincent’s did not immediately respond to requests by ABCNews.com for comment.

 

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