Michigan powerlifter moves two-ton SUV to save man pinned underneath it after accident
29-year-old Ryan Belcher is being hailed as a hero after his actions helped save the life of a man who was trapped under the SUV after the accident.
A Michigan powerlifter is being celebrated as a hero after he lifted a two-ton SUV off a man who was trapped underneath it following an accident, potentially saving his life in the process.
According to Fox News, 29-year-old Ryan Belcher was at the end of his workday on Valentine's Day when he heard a loud crash outside. When he rushed to the scene and towards the wreckage, he saw that a Jeep Cherokee had flipped upside down and that a man, identified by MLive as 36-year-old Montrell Tinsley, trapped under it was calling for help.
But Belcher was not the first to the accident. Four other men who had similarly heard the cries for help had been giving it their best in an attempt to somehow lift the SUV and rescue the victim — whose upper body was smashed up against a stop sign while his lower body was still trapped inside the vehicle — but it was proving to be a fruitless task.
Speaking about the incident, Belcher said, "When I first approached the vehicle, there was a good four men there, and they were all trying to move this vehicle and I seen it wasn’t happening and I figured what a better time now to use what I know I can actually do."
Belcher was not overplaying his strength by any means. Powerfully built and weighing 350-pounds, the 29-year-old reportedly can squat 950 pounds and deadlift another 800, and the latter skill would come handy on this particular occasion.
Speaking to Fox & Friends, the powerlifter said he noticed he could get some leverage on the Cherokee by using a window that was broken out at the back of the vehicle and that he soon got to work trying to lift the two-ton car.
"I jumped right in," Belcher was quoted saying. "I seen a window that was broken out of the back of the vehicle and I knew if I can swing the vehicle in a certain direction I can 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 admitted he didn't know where he got the burst of strength to lift the SUV, though his actions would prove critical. The man was found to have suffered serious injuries in the crash and was transported to a hospital for further treatment. Another woman who was with him inside the vehicle was also seriously injured.
The 29-year-old told WXYZ-TV that he met with Tinsley, who is paralyzed from the waist down, and his family this past Sunday, February 17, and that he was praised for his timely action that helped save the victim's life.
However, he was uneasy about being hailed as a hero. "To say that I'm a hero, I don't know. But I'm glad to have been there, and I was put there for a reason," he said.