Teen girls lift 3,000-pound tractor off their trapped dad - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Teen girls rush to save dad: 'Come on, come on, lift this with me!'

LEBANON, OR (KPTV) -

Two teens may have saved their father's life when they lifted a 3,000-pound tractor off his chest.

Jeff Smith was working on the tractor at his home in Lebanon last week when it flipped over and pinned him underneath.

He screamed for help and his two girls, 14 and 16 years old, came running. Within minutes, they lifted the tractor off of him.

Looking at Smith today, with only a cast on his wrist and some abrasions, you might not believe what happened to him.

He said he was trying to pull a stump out of the ground when his foot slipped on the clutch and the whole thing flipped over.

"The steering wheel and the steering column is what had me pinned on my chest," he said.

His daughters quickly arrived at the scene and started digging. Then they called 911.

"I can't dig fast enough and I'm freaking out," said Haylee Smith, 14. "I just cannot dig fast enough."

Deciding they couldn't wait for emergency crews, Haylee and her older sister, Hannah Smith, each grabbed a side and started lifting.

With adrenalin pumping, they tried six or seven times and finally got some movement.

"We just kind of braced ourselves on the tire and just lifted it up," said Hannah Smith, 16.

Jeff Smith said they lifted it up just enough for him to shimmy his way out. His arm remained pinned, however, until a neighbor rushed over with another tractor to finish the rescue operation.

"I don't know how I lifted it, it was just so heavy," Hannah Smith said. "And I could feel it, I could just feel all the weight. But we just did it. We both did."

Jeff Smith said he is going to keep using the tractor, he's just going to install a roll cage and some better pedal grips.

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