2 Men Lift Truck Off Victim, Saving His Life

ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- An Orangevale man is fighting for his life, but he was saved thanks to the quick action of two men.

The pair lifted a truck after it trapped a man against a wall in downtown Roseville.

At about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, a truck that was parked on a sidewalk jolted backward and crushed a 67-year-old man.

The modified 1941 Chevrolet truck is now impounded. It was supposed to be displayed as part of Roseville's Downtown Tuesday Nights.

Good Samaritan Perry Bramhill said he heard a noise and ran outside while he sat inside a barbershop.

"The old man was sitting in his chair and got smashed so hard that his body got turned sideways, like this, and all you hear was him gasping for air," Bramhill said.

With fellow barber Cory Kang, Bramhill lifted the heavy steel truck just enough to free the victim.

"The adrenaline kicked in for sure," Bramhill said.

Battalion Chief Jeff Carmen gave first aid to the victim, who had collapsed and punctured lungs.

"I'm surprised that the outcome has been as good as it is, but I'm so happy he's hanging in there," Carmen said. "To have lifted the truck and them to have lift him, being as large as he was was just phenomenal. Probably saved his life to get him out from behind that truck."

The victim, whose identity is being withheld, is in critical condition.

On Monday, Roseville police will conduct a full mechanical inspection of that truck to determine if the accident was caused by mechanical failure or the driver's error.

The driver of the old truck, a 65-year-old Citrus Heights resident, has not been charged pending the outcome of the crash investigation.

This article originally appeared on KCRA.com

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