Car falls on man in Finlayson, Minn. - KMSP-TV

Car collapses on man, 12-year-old springs to action

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FINLAYSON, Minn. (KMSP) -

A man was working under a car in Finlyason, Minn. when the jack gave way, but a calm, collected 12-year-old alerted his dad and the man was pulled to safety.

"I was laying right behind this tire. Driver side. Underneath. So the sub frame came down on my chest." Jeromy Zerwas said of his car falling on him.

He knew he didn't have a lot of time.  Zerwas heard a clink and then felt the car on his chest. He had been working underneath his red Pontiac Grand Am around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night when his jack gave way. The car came crashing down, pinning him against the asphalt.

"Then I felt pressure. Ow, ow. and my fiancée's sister came running. Oh my God. That's when I thought I should yell help, but stayed calm," he said

Zerwas got very lucky because 12-year-old Robert Price was outside, just a half a block away.

"I did get scared, but I just handled it," Price said. "When I was walking back in the middle of the road. I heard the car fall. And then heard the screaming for help. And then went and told Dad."

Fortunately, Price's Dad is a volunteer firefighter in town. So with his training, and a calm, cool, collected 12-year-old on scene, they were able to get the car lifted and pull Zerwas to safety.

"He was pinned directly underneath," Tom Price, volunteer firefighter said. "The only thing sticking out was the lower part of his waist. He was screaming 'I can't breathe. I can't breathe.'"

With the help of another jack, and some neighborhood manpower to list the car, Zerwas walked away with just a bruised chest and a gash on his nose.

"I'm very lucky to be alive because by the time they got it up I was just about unconscious." Zerwas said. "I am thankful for all the people who came to help me."

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