A 15-year-old young man saved his father’s life after lifting a huge truck off his father’s crushed body
The incredible incident was caught on the family’s home security camera.
KCRA reported on an Oakdale family celebrating their teenage son for helping free his father earlier this month after being trapped underneath the truck they were working on.
Matthew Wilkinson said despite getting home late on what should have been a normal Monday night, he couldn’t put off working on the breaks on his work truck.
When his teenage son came out to check on him, the father enlisted his son’s help, he said. Working on the vehicle, Matthew said said, was something they’d done many times before.
This time, however, the rotor was stuck.
“I couldn’t get a good angle, so I slid my body underneath the truck and was hitting it,” said the father. “The second it popped off, the truck fell. I know it rolled forward because I saw it roll forward and it fell right on top of me. All I could think about was the breath coming out of me. I was just squished. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t yell.”
The family’s home security camera captured the terrifying moment that left Wilkinson with a punctured lung, broken ribs and a separated shoulder. While ruminating on the incident in the hospital, he said he couldn’t figure out how he had managed to free himself.
“All this time in the hospital, I’m trying to figure out how did I get out from under the truck,” Wilkinson recalled.
It was then, he said, that remembered the surveillance cameras.
“I called my kid and had him look at them look at the surveillance camera and they realized that he had lifted the truck enough for me to roll out,” he said.
Wilkinson’s son Darlin said the incident scared him, and at one point, he heard his father make a noise that he says sounded like his dad’s soul leaving his body. That’s when he sprang into superhero action and found the strength to lift the truck and save his father’s life.
What an amazing kid.