Brute force saves cyclist when rescuers lift car
Thursday, January 5, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A crew of firefighters, short on time with a man pinned under a car, lifted the vehicle off the bicyclist by hand just before rush hour on Thursday morning.
The rescue, which took about two minutes, came after witnesses called 911 to report the pinned cyclist in east Portland.
The man, 30-year-old Samuel Guthrie, was struck by a car and then rolled over by another car, which pinned him facedown on a busy intersection, the Oregonian reported (http://bit.ly/x4Xetl ).
Firefighters would usually use jacks or airbags to lift the vehicle, but Portland Fire and Rescue Lt. Damon Simmons said they didn't have time to set up equipment.