Stuck between a rock and a hard place: 14-year-old has lucky escape after runaway 1,260lbs boulder crushes his foot

A 14-year-old boy had a lucky escape after he was nearly crushed to death by a runaway 90-stone (1,260lbs) boulder.

Charles Marlow, from Marietta, Atlanta, had been playing on a hill near his home when the massive boulder began rolling down the slope.

The teenager tried desperately to get out of the way but was hit by the rock and one his legs was pinned between it and another stone as he screamed in pain.

Lucky escape: Firefighters work to free Charles Marlow, 14, after a 90-stone boulder rolled down a hill and crushed his foot as he tried to scramble free

Lucky escape: Firefighters work to free Charles Marlow, 14, after a 90-stone boulder rolled down a hill and crushed his foot as he tried to scramble free

His father, Dan Marlow, heard his terrified shouts but was unable to shift the rock.

He told WGCL-TV: 'I tried to lift the rock and couldn't even budget it.'

Friends and neighbours also tried to help move it off the youth's leg, but they were forced to call the Marietta Fire Department which managed to hoist the boulder clear using a hydraulic ram.

Charles suffered a broken bone in his foot and bruising as a result of the accident.

He described trying to jump out of the way of the boulder after turning round to see it careering towards him.

'All of a sudden, I looked back when I'm halfway down the hill... and the rock is falling towards me.

Crushed: The teenager suffered a broken bone in his foot after the rock trapped it between it and another stone

Crushed: The teenager suffered a broken bone in his foot after the rock trapped it between it and another stone

'I mean, I look back, there's a boulder coming, next thing I know, I'm on the ground and it's on top of me.

'First I was thinking "this can't be happening, this isn't real". You know, this is not what happens normally.

'And I was thinking "how am I gonna do anything if I'm on crutches or on a wheelchair", because at that point I thought I was going to be on a wheelchair for the next couple months.'

Firefighters used the ram to separate the two rocks and braced the boulder with wooden supports as they lifted Charles clear.

Assistant chief Kelly Caldwell said: 'It took 13 guys to get the equipment back there. The biggest concern for us was to stabilise the rock without doing any further damage.'

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