Two Oregon girls lift 3,000-lb. tractor off of dad

Two Oregon girls lift 3,000-lb. tractor off of dad

Credit: Albany Democrat-Herald, Jesse Skoubo

Jeff Smith and his daughters Hannah, 16, and Haylee, 14. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Skoubo/Mid-Valley Sunday and Albany Democrat-Herald)

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- 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 Monday 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.

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Photo courtesy of Jesse Skoubo/Mid-Valley Sunday

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