You may not be able to count on the courts to protect you in the event of a butt dial, but at least in this instance, a life may have been saved due to an inadvertent call. Sam Ray, a teen from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was working under his truck when the jack gave way, trapping him underneath. His left arm was pinned and though he was able to bang a tire iron against his truck to try and draw attention nobody responded to his cries for help. After all but resigning to his fate he heard the voice of
an angel Siri coming from his back pocket. During the struggle he apparently managed to invoke Apple’s digital assistant who asked how she could help.
We’ve joked about Siri’s capabilities and how she doesn’t always understand what you’re asking her to do, but in this instance she got it right after a few tries. Ray was connected to emergency services, though he really could only hear the dispatcher say “hello” and the rest of the conversation was muffled. While the dispatcher initially thought it was simply a pocket dial – which technically it was – Ray’s screams for help quickly changed the conversation. Though she was able to get a rough area of his location based on his cell phone signal, the dispatcher lauded Ray for repeatedly shouting his address in order to get rescuers to him more quickly.
First on the scene was a volunteer firefighter who was able to prop up the truck with a jack. Ray was ultimately air-lifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for evaluation and treatment. All-in-all, Ray was awfully lucky. After being pinned under the truck for roughly 40 minutes he escaped with a few broken ribs, a bruised kidney, a concussion, cuts and bruises, and burns on his left arm where it was pinned under the truck’s exhaust.
For the record though, this all could have been avoided if Ray had simply listened to his father, who told him not to start working on the truck while he was home alone.
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