LEVITTOWN, PA -- A man called 911 after a car collapsed on top of him at a Bucks County junkyard on Sunday morning, and a dispatcher helped police find him after he went unconscious during the call.
Police said 20-year-old Mark Wassum was lying underneath a compact car and pulling parts from it at a junkyard in Morrisville when a jack gave out.
Charmaine Wassum expressed appreciation and gratitude for the man who saved her son from near death.
"Thank you some much. He is OK and alert," Charmaine Wassum said. "He is a nice kid. He's a good kid and he kept him here for us."
Investigators said the car fell on Mark Wassum's head while he was underneath pulling parts for his car.
But somehow Wassum was able to use his cell phone and call for help.
While Wassum was on line with the county dispatcher, the line suddenly went silent.
The dispatcher said she tried to talk with Wassum but was getting no response.
"His head is literally getting crushed by a vehicle and he's calling 911 telling them where he's at, that's amazing to me," Falls Township Police Department Officer Sven Beauchmin said.
But Beauchmin said Wassum quickly lost consciousness.
When Beauchmin responded to the large junkyard, no one there seemed to know where Wassum was trapped.
"So radio still had an open line with him so I used my sirens to try to locate him," Beauchmin said.
Beauchmin told dispatch to let him know when his sirens got very loud.
"Shortly there after they told me they could hear the sirens pretty good so I got out of the car and ran around," he said.
Beauchmin said it was like searching a needle in a haystack, but moments later he spotted Wassum.
"Everything from the chest down was crushed, it was like something out of the movies," he said.
Beauchmin said he called for help, to lift the car off of Wassum, who was still alive and breathing.
Beauchmin and four other rescuers lifted the vehicle and pulled Wassum out from underneath the car.
Beauchmin began rescue breathing on him and Wassum started breathing on his own.
Wassum was airlifted to a local Hospital, where he was admitted in stable condition.
"I'm still dumbfounded by that fact that he had enough sense being crushed by a vehicle to grab his phone -- I want the brand (of phone) by the way -- and called 911," Beauchmin said.
But Wassum's father said he learned to think fast from scouting, Wassum is an Eagle Scout.
"Like I said, he's an Eagles Scout and that had a lot to do with it. He kept his cool," Mark Wassum Sr. said.
The most amazing thing about the incident was that Wassum was barely injured.
"It's shocking not a broken bone, nothing. You look at him, and wow, he had a car land on him and he has nothing. How did this happen?" Charmaine Wassum said.
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