A 15-year-old boy from Michigan was able to lift a 2,000-pound Buick so that his grandfather could escape after becoming trapped underneath.
Austin Smith was working on the 1991 Buick with his grandfather, Ernest “Papa Ernie” Monhollen, at his grandparents’ Ida Township home Saturday when the car fell from the cinder blocks holding it up and trapped Monhollen underneath.
“I was just so scared,” Smith said. “I didn’t know what to do.”
He said that he instinctively grabbed the front end of the 2,000-pound car and was able to lift it enough for his grandfather to get out.
“Probably all the adrenaline,” Smith said of how he was able to lift the car. “I mean, I couldn’t do it right now.”
Monhollen was treated for a serious cut to his face, fractured ribs and a fractured eye socket.
“Thank God he was here because if it was just me and his grandmother it would have been over. That would have been it,” Monhollen said.
“He’s a wonderful young man, that’s all I have to say.”