American powerlifter heroically lifts car pinned on top of man after accident

2019-02-19 15:52
Ryan Belchar. (Photo: Facebook/Ryan Belchar)

Ryan Belchar. (Photo: Facebook/Ryan Belchar)

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A weightlifter was hailed a hero last week after he saved a man who was pinned beneath a two-ton SUV.

Ryan Belchar from Michigan in the US had just completed his workday when he heard a loud crash along Michigan Avenue on Thursday 14 February, Daily Mail reports.

The 29-year-old discovered a black Jeep Cherokee flipped upside down and rushed to the scene to help those who were injured.

When he arrived, he heard a man crying for help under the vehicle.

Ryan says as he approached the vehicle he saw that despite four men already trying to lift the car he’d be better able to help.

The powerlifter, who weighs 160kg, realised he could get some leverage to try and move the vehicle off the man, whose lower body was crushed and upper body was pinned against a road sign, News.com reports.

“I just jumped right in. I saw a window that was broken out of the back of the vehicle and I knew if I could swing the vehicle in a certain direction I could free him from that pole.

“So, I just stuck my arms in and I don’t know I just grabbed it, lifted it up and started pushing and all I heard was, ‘That’s enough. We can get him’,” he said.

The man Ryan rescued and a woman were taken to hospital with serious injuries, Fox News reports.

“If I could describe it in one word, it would be ‘humbled’,” Ryan says.

“This could have been anybody. It could have been me. And just getting home to my children after that is all I thought about. I'd hope if it were me in there, somebody would help me the way I did them,” he said.

Ryan met with the family of the man he rescued and was thanked for his heroic efforts.

“I like being called the Hulk. My son's favourite is the Hulk and he always says my daddy is the Hulk,” Ryan said.

“To say I'm a hero, I don't know. I'm glad to have been there and I was put there for a reason.”

The accident is still being investigated.

Sources: News.com.au, Daily Mail, Fox News

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