RAC mechanic crushed under car

RAC mechanic Jason Hutchings was crushed beneath the car he was fixing at Canterbury Rugby Club.

Mr Hutchings, 38, was fixing the one-tonne Jaguar when the car fell on him, crushing and trapping him beneath it.

The father-of-two was saved thanks to onlookers who helped to lift the car off him and call for help. Speaking from his hospital bed Mr Hutchings said: “It was just like any other job. I jacked the car up and used axle stands, but it came out of park and started moving.

RAC Van

“We assume the handbrake failed and it came off the jack.

“All I remember is thinking there is no way I’m going to get out of this. I thought ‘that’s it, it’s over’.

“Without the help of the guys at the rugby club I would be dead.

“It was a big car – it must have weighed a tonne and I just thought they would never, ever be able to lift it off me – it was impossible. But they did and I am eternally grateful to them.”

Jason suffered a multiple of injuries including a fractured vertebrae in his back and broken ribs. He was flown to Ashford’s William Harvey Hospital where he still remains today.

After losing consciousness beneath the car, onlookers, including rugby club members worked together to lift the car off the mechanic and pull him to safety.

Rugby club chairman Giles Hilton said: “It’s pretty fortunate that we were there and we’ll have to remind any future RAC workmen to only come on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when they players are training.

“But jokes aside, we are very pleased with the actions the guys took, and presumably it was those actions that saved this man’s life.

“I am incredibly proud of the club and the swift move that members took to make sure this man survived.”

Pete Williams, an RAC spokesman said: “We are very grateful to members of the club and the public who helped and actually lifted the vehicle off the patrolman.

“Our thoughts are with him and his family and we are providing every support. A full investigation into the incident is under way.”

The Health and Safety Executive is aware of the incident and will be launching a full investigation.

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