A group of teens in Idaho used their collective strength to lift the car off to free a woman trapped under it after a car crash.
The teens – all team members of the Boise Black Knights, a competitive football team, were driving home from a championship game they won on May 28 when they came across an overturned car, the Idaho Statesman reported.
After pulling over, the teens pulled out the male driver and used near-herculean strength to lift the car and free his wife.
Video shows the group in action. Several helped get the driver out first, while others tended to his wife. First, they cut her seatbelt off, but after realizing there was no feasible way for her to get out of the overturned vehicle, they decided to lift it up – rather than wait for first responders to arrive.
The video was taken by Rachel Vasquez, a friend of one of the players.
“We had to stop and become heroes,” head coach Rudy Jackson told the newspaper, describing his players as a “great bunch of kids” whom he is proud of.
“It was just a little adversity,” Jackson added. “…It’s almost an unreal story.”
Players attributed their initiative to help on the lessons Jackson has taught them.
“He taught us to play selfless football, not selfish and just help others out before yourself,” player Regan Magil told ABC News.
Days after the crash, the teens checked up on the couple whom they saved – Alana and Margaret Hardman, both 65.
The Boise Black Knights just presented the couple they saved from a car wreck with a signed football and a jersey. Really a cool moment to see them reunited. pic.twitter.com/Xj4YYMlpuU
— Michael Katz (@MichaelLKatz) June 1, 2018
They suffered some cuts, scrapes and broken bones but are expected to survive, the Statesman reported.
Alan Hardman said the football players “didn’t even hesitate” to save him and his wife.
“I’ll tell you what — I don’t know how we would have done it without them,” he said.
Player Atonio Fifita said he and his teammates wanted to make sure the couple was OK.
“We just wanted to see them better than they were before,” he said.
(H/T: The Idaho Statesman)