Bystanders rescue pedestrian trapped under pickup truck after St. Paul crash

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Photo courtesy of the St. Paul Police Department

Bystanders saved a life Monday afternoon as they lifted a pickup truck off a man in St. Paul, according to police.

The man was eating lunch outside on a beautiful late summer day when the truck, driven by a 68-year-old man, swerved to avoid traffic, jumping a curb, hitting a light pole and sliding into a landscaped area in front of an apartment building that the man was sitting on. The driver continued to slide for several more yards, trapping the man beneath it.

More than a dozen bystanders and motorists saw the accident and worked together to lift the pickup off the man, St. Paul Police Spokesperson Steve Linders said in an email to Fox 9. He was transported to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Greg Hebert helped lift the truck, but he says he doesn't consider himself a hero--he just did what anyone would do in that situation.

"I didn't think he was going to make it when i saw his feet, he said. "There was a lot of anxiety when we decided to get on the other side of the vehicle ... When I saw him start to move a little bit, then I thought we got hope here."

The driver was cited for failure to drive with due care. Officers at the scene do not believe he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.