A Michigan man has been labeled a real-life superhero after managing to lift up a two-ton SUV in order to save the life of a helpless car crash victim who was pinned beneath it.
Ryan Belcher, 29, who is an avid powerlifter, was leaving work Thursday when he heard the ear-piercing screech of tires followed by the spine-chilling crunch of metal. Immediately, he knew something terrible had occurred, and quickly spotted a Jeep Cherokee which had flipped upside down after colliding with a sedan. But the situation became even more dramatic when Belcher and a few other bystanders realized that a man was helplessly pinned underneath the vehicle.
“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,” he explained to “Fox & Friends.” “I figured what a better time now to use what I know I can actually do.”
The gym fanatic has been known to squat a staggering 900 pounds of weight, so he knew he had the brute strength to shift this big chunk of metal.
The trapped man was in a grave condition — his upper body was smashed against a speed limit sign, while his lower torso remained stuck underneath the mangled Cherokee.
“He was talking about his legs, how he couldn’t feel his legs,” Belcher told Michigan Live.
So, with all the strength he could muster, Belcher got to work.
“I just jumped right in,” he said. “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.’”
The strongman added that the situation required him to draw on all the intense training he’d been through, adding that, in these high-pressure circumstances, those hours in the gym were “really going to pay off in a good way to help somebody.”
As the man was pulled free, paramedics arrived at the scene and began administering life-saving treatment. It was subsequently reported that there were no fatalities as a result of the accident. However, several people did suffer severe injuries. As for Belcher, he was just glad to be in the right place at the right time.
“I had no other choice,” he told WXYZ-TV. “It was either save a man or not believe in myself. So I just reached in did what I had to do.”
Following the staggering feat of strength and courage, many have referred to Belcher as a real-life superhero.
“I like being called the Hulk,” he laughed. “My son’s favorite is the Hulk and he always says my daddy is the Hulk.”
“To say I’m a hero, I don’t know,” he concluded. “I’m glad to have been there and I was put there for a reason.”