Eastern New Mexico football players lift truck off trapped man

Wednesday November 5th, 2014

Two Eastern New Mexico University football players rescued a man who was trapped underneath his crashed truck last Wednesday, Lauren Hansard of KOB Eyewitness News reports.

Defensive lineman Chevy Mikaele and linebacker Ben Langford saved John Reilly after his truck rolled over on top of him. Mikaele and Langford were at a church in Portales and worked together with other churchgoers to lift the vehicle off of Reilly.

"The truck was completely crushing him, completely on his chest," said Pastor Johnny Pacheco.

The players ran to help, and right behind them were several members of the church. Together, the men were able to lift the truck two feet in the air to get the man out from under the truck.

"When I dragged him out, he wasn't breathing at all," said Pacheco. "We looked for a pulse, but there was no pulse that we could find."

Reilly cracked his spine during the accident and is in critical condition in Lubbock, Texas.

Mikaele, a senior from Hawaii, has 12 total tackles on the season. Langford is also a senior and has 52 total tackles and two interceptions this season.

Eastern New Mexico, which competes at the Division-II level, is 5-4 on the season and hosts Texas A&M University-Kingsville on Saturday.

- Paul Palladino

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