AN apprentice mechanic who was trapped underneath a car for 45 minutes said he felt ‘lucky to be alive’.

Richard Palmer, 19, of Arran Avenue, Blackburn, was underneath his cousin’s Fiat Punto, welding on the exhaust when it rolled off the ramp, trapping him under the one-tonne vehicle.

Doctors have been left baffled as to how he came out of the incident with only a burn on his left shoulder, caused by the exhaust pressing against it.

The incident happened at his home, in Arran Avenue, at 12.30am yesterday when the car rolled off the ramp, trapping Mr Palmer underneath.

Mr Palmer, who is on a mechanic apprenticeship with Training 2000, said: “When the car rolled onto me it was a real shock.

“I was in agony and terrified.

“I thought that it was going to be the end for me.

“I shouted for my cousin who came running out and jacked the car up to release some pressure.

“He rang the emergency services who came and used some kind of airbags to lift the car up and get me out.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to an incident at around 12.45am.

“A young man was trapped under a car which he had been working on.

“Two appliances attended and were at the scene for about half-an-hour.

“Lifting equipment was used to release the man from under the car.

“He was then taken by ambulance to hospital.”