Memphis Firefighters rescue man trapped in car - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney and Lori Brown

Memphis Firefighters rescue man trapped in car

Strong winds toppled a huge tree, causing it to crash down on an automobile, trapping a Memphis man in his car for well over 90 minutes.

"I thought somebody was breaking in, but it was the tree that flipped over," said neighbor Preston Henderson.

The tree was so large that neighbors had difficulty seeing the car that lay beneath it.

The incident occured around 9:00 p.m. Saturday evening, as Cuneilus Jackson pulled into his mother's driveway on Cullenwood in Whitehaven.

A conscious Jackson waited for firefighters, who promptly arrived on the scene. They used chainsaws to cut through thick branches, ultimately pulling Jackson from the vehicle.

A waiting ambulance transported Jackson to an area hospital around 11:00 p.m.

"Because he was in there so long, we are transporting him in critical condition. But the guys are feeling pretty good -- a successful rescue. He is alive at this point and we do feel that he's going to be okay," said Division Chief Ron Mitchell.

Jackson's lack of serious injuries has astounded everyone.

"To come out untouched, on that now seeing it, there's no way someone could get out of it like that. I'm thankful he's okay," said niece Raven Jackson.

One factor that may have saved Jackson's life is that he reached into the back of the car to get something, changing the angle in which he was seated. If he hadn't been reaching back, he may have been crushed to death.

"He said the roof of the car was in his face," said Raven Jackson.

Jackson's family has nicknamed him "miracle man" and says God is the reason he survived.

"Everyone says he was supposed to be dead," said brother Eugene Jackson who witnessed the accident. "He's a miracle man."

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