In Mexico, survivors recount amazing escapes from quake

A tree branch saved a mechanic from the collapsing building where a dozen co-workers died in last week's earthquake. A slap across the face startled a dazed father back to his senses, spurring him to carry his critically injured daughter to safety.

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Amid the endless tragedies during the magnitude 7.1 quake, there were incredible stories of survival.

Conrad Vazquez Martinez, a 67-year-old mechanic, was on the roof of a four-story laboratory building when the tremor hit. He leaped to a tree branch, which snapped but slowed his fall to the ground. Then a metal balcony grill fell over him, partly shielding him from the direct impact of rubble. The branch poked out of the debris to give him a trickle of air. Eventually co-workers found him and dug him out.

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