HILLSDALE, N.Y.— A Hillsdale man says he thought he was taking his last breaths as he let out stifled calls for help, trapped underneath his Dodge Neon.
Michael Martin, 54, had been doing work on it for about 20 minutes when the jack collapsed.
"To be honest with you, I thought I was going to die, I really did," says Martin. "The chalk block on the stones slid back and the next thing I knew, the car came down and the frame was pressed on my chest. I couldn't move, I couldn't hardly scream. I had lot of emotions going on at that point."
After about three minutes, Martin's sons Christopher and Evan rushed to help.
Christopher miraculously lifted the vehicle six inches off his father and Evan pulled him out from under. The two men were not even supposed to be home at the time of the accident.
"I don't know if I could ever do it again, but the important thing was I did it when I needed to and we were able to get dad out from underneath there," says Christopher Martin.
"I knew I had to get him out as fast as I could," adds Evan Martin. "When I did, he was lying down and tried to stand up, but couldn't stand up. I was really worried."
Martin only suffered a few broken ribs and will recover. He says before the accident, he and his sons were very close, calling them his best friends.
Now, he says they are much more.
"Now they're my heroes," says Martin. "I can't say enough about them. I wouldn't be here today without them, that's a fact. I love them to death."