Girls rescue dad by lifting tractor off his chest

Girls rescue dad by lifting tractor off his chest »Play Video
Jeff Smith sits astride his tractor between his daughters Hannah, 16, left, and Haylee, 14, at his McDowell Creek Park area home near Lacomb, Ore., Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2013. The girls lifted the 3,000 pound tractor enough so their father could wriggle out enough to breathe after it flipped over on him. (AP Photo/Albany Democrat-Herald, Jesse Skoubo)

LEBANON, Ore. (AP) — A Linn County man pinned by his overturned tractor says his teenage daughters saved his life by lifting the 3,000-pound machine.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that 14-year-old Haylee Smith and 16-year-old Hannah Smith's action allowed their father, Jeff, to wriggle part of the way free and get breathing room.

Smith says he was pulling a stump from his garden on April 1 when the tractor flipped. The steering wheel pinned his chest to the ground.

He says he was losing breath with each scream, but his daughters heard and ran to him.

A neighbor finished the job by using his own tractor and its shovel to lift the Smith's tractor and allow Smith to get his arm out.

Smith was treated for a broken left wrist and other injuries.