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Brute force saves Ore. man when rescuers lift car

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POSTED January 5, 2012 11:45 p.m.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crew of firefighters in Portland, Ore., used brute strength to lift up a 3,200-pound car and free a man pinned under it.

The rescue, which took about two minutes, came just before rush hour Thursday morning, after witnesses called 911.

The Oregonian reports that police interviewed witnesses and determined the man had been riding a bicycle when he made an illegal lane change and was struck by a car. Another vehicle then rolled over the man and pinned him face-down in a busy intersection.

Firefighters would normally use jacks or airbags to lift the vehicle, but Portland Fire and Rescue Lt. Damon Simmons says they didn’t have time.

Police Sgt. Robert King says the man, identified as 30-year-old Samuel Guthrie, was cited with unlawful lane change and improper use of lane. Guthrie was in serious condition later Thursday at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

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