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KU Spirit Squad Lifts Car, Saves Man Trapped Underneath (VIDEO)

Posted: 03/20/2012 2:36 pm Updated: 03/21/2012 9:48 am

Moments before heading to an NCAA tournament on March 18, members of the University of Kansas spirit squad heard someone cry out for help.

Members from the band and cheer squad then walked to a nearby parking lot where they found a man trapped underneath a car, according to a press release from the university. The man was apparently working on the car when the jack fell out of place, partially pinning him underneath the vehicle.

“It took us a second to realize what was going on, so a few of us realized, there is a car on top of a guy,” Alex O'Nelio, a senior squad member, told the University Daily Kansan.

The squad members worked together to lift the vehicle, until the man was able to free himself. The victim was reportedly a bit bloody and disoriented, but otherwise in good condition, according to the release.

Squad coordinator Cat Jarzemkoski said she's proud of how her students handled the situation.

“They just dropped everything. They didn’t panic,” Jarzemkoski told the Lawrence Journal-World.

The unexpected rescue wasn't the only victory of the night. The Jayhawks women's basketball team clinched a 57-49 win against Nebraska, marking the first NCAA Tournament coup against the team since 1999, according to the University Daily Kansan. The team is set to play the University of Delaware on Tuesday, March 20.

For more on the rescue, watch the video report by FOX 16 above.

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