WEST POINT — A West Point man remains in serious but stable condition after a pickup truck he was working on Monday fell on top of him when a jack holding up the truck failed.
Authorities are crediting the quick reaction of a stepson with getting the pickup off his stepfather and saving his life.
"The stepson did a great job," said Davis County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Harper. "If he hadn't gotten the vehicle off his stepfather as quickly as he did, (his stepfather) could have died."
The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. on Monday when the stepfather was working in the wheel well area of the pickup while the stepson was working in the engine area. For some reason, the jack failed. The stepson immediately ran to check on the man and found him unconscious.
The stepson managed to jack the vehicle back up and pull the man from underneath, Harper said. When paramedics arrived, they found the man semi-conscious with severe chest injuries. He was taken by medical helicopter to a local hospital.
At the request of the family, authorities are not releasing the man's name.