ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - When New Mexico State Police Officer Steven Nuñez pulled up to a rollover on Interstate 40 last week he found an 8-year-year-old girl seriously hurt and pinned to the ground by thousands of pounds of metal.
On Thursday he shared his story of what it took to rescue the girl and save her life, a rescue recorded by his dash camera .
Nuñez was on patrol and nearby on May 8 when the crash happened just east of Grants. The girl was face and unconscious with her body mostly covered by the wreckage.
"When I first arrive, I saw the vehicle upside down," he said. "We could kneel down and see her and actually touch her."
Four passersby stopped to help.
"We had no tools, and a male subject came and brought a floor jack," Nuñez said. "He tried jacking up the vehicle, but it wasn't working."
They were desperate and were running out of time.
"We looked down, and she momentarily stopped breathing," Nuñez continued. "Then she started to breathe again."
That's when they decided to try their combined muscle and just lift the car off her. They rolled the car back onto its side and pulled her out.
She was airfield to the hospital.
Nuñez said he's thankful the girl is alive and thankful for the others who stopped to help.
"I do like to thank the bystanders," Nuñez said. "Without them I could not have completed this alone."
Nuñez says the little girl was not wearing her seatbelt and was thrown out.
Her mother, who was driving, was able to get out of the car.
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