Teen hailed a hero after lifting car off his 74-year-old grandfather

MICHIGAN - A 74-year-old man pinned underneath a car in Michigan was rescued after his teenaged grandson lifted the heavy Buick to save the man's life.

Ernest Monhollen and his grandson, 15-year-old Austin Smith, were working on the vehicle's breaks while it was up on cinderblocks.

As Monhollen stood underneath the car, it began to wobble and then fell, trapping him.

The grandson said that's when his instincts took over. Smith was able to lift the 2,000 pound car so his grandfather could slide out.

When it comes to how young Smith mustered the strength to lift up that vehicle, he says, "I have no clue, probably all the adrenaline."

He said he doesn't think he could do it right now. But his grandfather is grateful and expressing gratitude for his grandson's herculean abilities.

"That God he was here because if it was just me and his grandmother, it would have been over," Monhollen said.

Monhollen sustained serious injuries from the accident, but he is expected to recover.

Both grandfather and grandson says the near tragedy brought them closer together. 

A 74-year-old man pinned underneath a car in Michigan was rescued after his teenaged grandson lifted the heavy Buick to save the man's life.

Ernest Monhollen and his grandson, 15-year-old Austin Smith, were working on the vehicle's breaks while it was up on cinderblocks.

 

As Monhollen stood underneath the car, it began to wobble and then fell, trapping him.

 

The grandson said that's when his instincts took over. Smith was able to lift the 2,000 pound car so his grandfather could slide out.

 

When it comes to how young Smith mustered the strength to lift up that vehicle, he says, "I have no clue, probably all the adrenaline."

He said he doesn't think he could do it right now. But his grandfather is grateful and expressing gratitude for his grandson's herculean abilities.

"That God he was here because if it was just me and his grandmother, it would have been over," Monhollen said.

Monhollen sustained serious injuries from the accident, but he is expected to recover.

Both grandfather and grandson says the near tragedy brought them closer together. 

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