LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - It was a close call for a Limestone County man who was trying to help out his son late last week. He ended up needing help of his own.
"I had jacked the car up right here and I'd taken the wheel off, or the tire," said David Foust.
Foust is lucky to be alive. He was trying to fix his son's car after it had broken down when something went terribly wrong.
"I was working on that pulley and the jack sunk down in the ground," said Foust. "It went about two and a half to three inches, and it kind of just pinned me on my side. About the only thing I could move was my left arm and my legs."
As it turns out, he could reach the one thing that would save him.
"I could get my cell phone and I called 911 and just a few seconds later I could hear the sirens coming, so I knew help was on the way, but it seemed like it took forever for them to get here," said Foust.
"He was conscious, alert and breathing. Complaining of chest pain and a little shortness of breath," said Captain Torrey Downs with Athens Fire & Rescue.
Captain Downs was there to help rescue Foust.
"He was very fortunate that he did use some safety precautions, as far as placing the wheel underneath the vehicle. And it was collapsed on top of that so it did leave him some clearance," said Downs.
Two broken ribs and a bruised sternum later, Foust said he is thankful for one thing.
"I was glad that I had my cell phone, because if I didn't have my cell phone, none of my neighbors were home, my wife wasn't going to be home until 8 o'clock that night, I couldn't move," he said.
For now, Foust has just one piece of advice for anyone else thinking about working on their car.
"Send it to a mechanic," he said with a laugh.
Captain Downs with Athens Fire and Rescue said if you are going to work on your own car, make sure you jack up your vehicle on a hard surface like concrete instead of your lawn.
Also, let someone know what you're doing and keep your cell phone with you.