I’ve been trying out some bodyweight fitness lately, an exercise regime that relies on your own mass to build strength rather than dumbbells or deadlifts. And you know what?
I was shocked by how quickly the weight of my own frame could fatigue me. In fact, it made me start to think about all those stories of people lifting cars off of accident victims.
We know such incidents happen, but how was it possible? Well, the BBC took a stab at answering the question and came up with one major reason: motivation.
“If you’re in a situation where it’s all risk, and the reward is that you live, you’re going to risk everything,” said University of Victoria professor of neuroscience and kinesiology Dr. E. Paul Zehr. “There is no next step unless you do that.”
That makes sense, and perhaps it’s why a group of passersby seemed to do the impossible in Washington, D.C., on April 24. A pickup had smashed into a smaller sedan, sending it careening up onto a sidewalk where a bystander was swept underneath the vehicle.
Update crash with pedestrians struck 9th St X NY Ave NW. 2 vehicle collision with 1 that ran into sidewalk. We are transporting 4 pedestrians with serious injuries to area hospitals. No injuries to occupants of vehicles. pic.twitter.com/6yvIwYoWwe
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) April 24, 2018
Witness Dia King told WRC-TV, “Like 20 of us ran and grabbed the (car) and picked up the (car).” Fortunately, no one suffered any life-threatening injuries.
I can only imagine the fear you’d experience when seeing a ton of metal, plastic and rubber heading straight for you.
Newflare reported that something just as traumatic occurred to a 71-year-old woman on Nov. 30 in Zhaotong City in China’s Yunnan Province.
CCTV cameras captured the entirety of the ordeal. They showed the woman crossing a snowy street as a blue-and-white van tries to make a U-turn.
At first, the van looks as though it will narrowly miss her. But its left-front wheel seems to snag her foot.
In no time at all, the vehicle’s momentum has twisted her foot and rolled her over as the van comes to rest on top of her.
Fortunately, it only took a few seconds for a crowd to materialize. They swarmed to the front of the van, hoisted it up and dragged the woman to safety.
Amazingly, the woman didn’t suffer any serious injuries. Now that’s every bit as impressive as hoisting a minibus!
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