Siri saves teen’s life after truck slips, falls on top of him

Sam Ray
Sam Ray (Photo: Vanderbilt University Medical Center)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Murfreesboro teen credits Apple’s Siri with saving his life after a truck he was working on slipped and fell, crushing him beneath.

Sam Ray, 18, told News 2 he was never a fan of the “personal assistant and navigator” on his Apple iPhone until he found himself pinned under his truck with Siri as his only way to call for help.

He was working under his truck on July 2 while it was lifted up on a jack in the driveway of his family’s Murfreesboro home.

Ray called his father for advice, and then put his phone in his back pocket.

As he tried to slide out from under the car, the nearly 5,000 pound truck fell on top of him and trapped his arms.

“This arm was above my head, tangled up. I know it was on the exhaust because it was burnt from here up,” he said.

Ray yelled for help, but he was home alone.

That’s when he heard Siri.

He was able to push up on his hip to activate Siri in his pocket and request for her to call 911. After several tries, he heard dispatcher Christina Lee’s voice on the line.

“The greatest thing he did was keep saying his address so we could get everybody there,” said Lee.

Emergency responders took Ray to the Vanderbilt LifeFlight based in Murfreesboro.

“He had broken the seventh, eighth, ninth and eleventh ribs which are lower ribs, and then he had probably crushed his kidney. It was torn and bruised,” said Dr. Richard Miller, the Chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

A month after the traumatic experience, Ray continues his recovery.

He gives thanks to the responders and dispatcher who acted quickly, the power of prayer, and of course, Siri.

Ray plans to attend Tri-State Baptist College in Mississippi in the fall where he may explore a career in ministry or nursing.

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