A Tennessee teen is crediting Siri for saving his life.
When Sam Ray, 18, found himself pinned under his truck, Siri, Apple’s voice interface, was his only way to call for help.
"It was kind of the realization that, ‘What in the world just happened,’ and, 'Oh my gosh, this could be the end,'" Ray said.
Ray was working under his truck, which was lifted up on a jack in the driveway of his family’s home. He called his father for advice and put his phone in his back pocket. As he tried to slide out from under the truck, the nearly 5,000 pound truck fell on top of him and Ray’s arms were trapped.
"This arm was above my head, tangled up, and I don't know exactly what, but I know it was on the exhaust, because I was burned from here up," Ray said.
He yelled for help, but he was home alone. That is when he heard the sound of Siri.
“Thereafter I realized that, wow, this is actually kind of a useful thing," he said.
He pushed on his hip to activate Siri in his pocket and requested Siri to call 911. After several tries, he heard the dispatcher on the line.
"The greatest thing he did was keep saying his address, so we could get everybody there," said dispatcher Christina Lee.
Emergency responders rushed Ray to the Vanderbilt life flight base in Murfreesboro.
"He had broken the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth ribs, which are lower ribs, and then he probably crushed his kidney, and so his kidney was torn and bruised," said Richard Miller, chief of trauma at Vanderbilt.
A month after the traumatic experience, Ray is continuing his recovery. He is alive, he said, thanks to the power of prayer, emergency responders, dispatcher and Siri.
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