Motorist Pinned Under Vehicle Uses Jack to Free Himself

Motorist Pinned Under Vehicle Uses Jack to Free Himself

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- As Clancy Wright lay trapped under his overturned Jeep, he thought of a climber whose arm had been pinned by a boulder.

"The first thing I thought about was that I didn't want to cut my leg off like the guy who cut off his arm," said Wright. He was referring to climber Aron Ralston, found May second in the desert of southeastern Utah after cutting off his arm five days after it became pinned by a boulder in a remote canyon.

Wright was driving alone October second at a popular off-road riding area about a quarter-mile from Minersville in southwestern Utah when his Jeep rolled, pinning his leg under a corner of the windshield and part of a roll bar.

The 18-year-old former wrestler said the accident occurred while he was going up a hill in two-wheel drive. His Jeep stopped and began to roll backward, he told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Wright was wearing a lap seat belt when the vehicle rolled.

He was able to reach a jack in the vehicle. He said he tried three times to find the right placement for the jack on the ground and under the roll bar. He eventually was able to lift the Jeep enough to free himself.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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