On Monday, Jeff Smith was pulling a stump from his garden near McDowell Creek Park when his mud-caked boot slipped off the tractor’s clutch. That’s when 14-year-old Haylee and 16-year-old Hannah, who were headed out to walk their dog, heard their father yelling “save me!” The two girls then ran to their father and miraculously lifted the 3,000 lb. tractor off his chest and saved his life. This morning, Haylee, Hannah and their father Jeff join “Stating Point” to discuss their amazing story.
After the tractor fell backwards on Jeff, he says he didn’t know if he was meeting his end because he was “being crushed by the tractor.”
Hannah, who ran to help her dad after she heard him scream, says although she saw what was happening with her father she was “scared” and “didn’t know what to do honestly at that point.”
Haylee was also scared and says “when I saw him I… swallowed my breath and I stop breathing because it was just…scary. It was an adrenalin rush.”
After their initial reactions Hannah says “we kind of just got in the ready position and then we started counting to three and then at three we both tried to lift it at the same time and see if that worked and then we noticed that it lifted a little bit. So then we finally got it up off of chest and we pretty much just stopped at that point.”