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Teen Says Tech Saved His Life After He Got Pinned Under Truck

Eighteen-year-old Sam Ray, a Middle, Tennessee teen credits Siri for his life. He was trying to make repairs on his truck when it fell on him. It was the iPhone voice recognition service that allowed him to call emergency dispatchers. Ray told the media that a jack collapsed, causing nearly 5,000 pounds of metal to pin him to a location where he could not be easily seen or heard. He said to Siri, "Call 911."

Rutherford County dispatcher Christina Lee said that she first thought it was a mistaken pocket-dial until she heard his screams for help. Lee stated "The map got to his street. ... It got pretty close. But he was yelling his address, and that was the best thing he could have done." Ray was under the truck for about 40 minutes when volunteer firefighters arrived who were able to use a jack to raise the truck back up and pull Ray out. Ray shared "I could feel myself slipping. I was starting to accept that I wouldn't get out."

The incident took place on July 2, although Ray and Lee met for the first time on Friday. Rick Miller, who is chief of trauma and surgical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said Ray suffered broken ribs, a bruised kidney, cuts and a concussion, and he had burns on one arm. Miller added "I've never heard of a story where you can figure out a way to use Siri to call 911 and get yourself rescued." Sam Ray said "I guess I'm stuck with an iPhone for the rest of my life. I owe them that."

Photo: WTVR

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