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Postal worker saves BG man pinned under truck

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A Bowling Green man is lucky to be alive after getting pinned underneath his truck while working on it.

When the jack broke while Bud Dauterman was working on his truck, Bud got pinned underneath.

"I heard a crunch," Dauterman recalled. "I let go to start getting out, because something didn't sound right."

But it was too late. The truck dropped and the axle landed on Dauterman's forearm, pinning him to the ground.

"I'm saying, ‘Lord, I'm in a mess now. Help me, Lord,'" he said.

Dauterman says he thinks he was pinned for about half an hour. He couldn't breathe, and he says he kept praying someone would walk by.

"I hear a voice, and he's my mailman," he said. "He was coming, and I didn't know who it was. He says, ‘Hey, whatcha doing?' And I says, ‘Help me, I'm stuck under here, pinned!'"

That's when the mailman, Chad Kleman, took action. He managed to get part of the jack to work and raised the truck enough to pull Bud out.

"I said, ‘When it gets free and I get out from under, I'll yell. Then grab my feet and pull me out!'" Dauterman said. "And he did just that."

Dauterman says he believes his prayers helped Kleman walk by at the right time and save him, and he can't think him enough.

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