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Michigan teen lifts car off trapped grandpa

February 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A Michigan teenager is being called a hero after lifting a more than 2,000-pound car to save his grandfather trapped underneath.

Austin Smith and his grandfather, Ernest Monhollen, were fixing an old Buick. Smith sat in the driver's seat and realized something was very wrong.

"I was inside?pumping the brakes like this, and I felt it rock just slightly," said Smith.

The 15-year-old got out of the car, and moments later the Buick collapsed on top of his 74-year-old grandfather.

Smith was able to lift the front end high enough for his grandfather to escape.

"Thank God he was here, because if it was just me and his grandmother, it would have been over," said Monhollen.

Monhollen suffered a serious cut on his face and fractured ribs and eye socket. Smith said the freak accident has made him even closer to his grandfather.