Actor Danny Trejo, best known for his roles in “Machete” and “Spy Kids,” has taken on a whole new role of a real-life hero.
According to Yahoo! News, while in Sylmar, California on August 7, Trejo witnessed two cars colliding, causing one to overturn. Trejo reportedly ran towards the wreckage in an effort to help those involved.
One of the victims was a child with special needs, who was strapped in a car seat. As Yahoo! reports, the 75-year-old actor worked with another bystander to crawl into the overturned car and pull the child to safety.
In an interview with ABC 7, Trejo told reporters how the accident happened:
“What we saw was a lady ran a red light, ran right into that explorer and flipped it over. There was a baby inside and a grandma.
And this young lady, she left, the young lady had to crawl through the window, cause I couldn’t, I crawled in but I couldn’t get the baby out. I couldn’t unbuckle the seatbelt. So she got in and undid the seatbelt and I pulled him out the other side.”
The woman who helped Trejo was later identified as Monica Johnson.
Johnson told reporters that the woman in the car with the child was hurt, but all she could say was “Get my baby out, get my baby”:
“I looked in the back, saw the car seat. So I crawled through the window.”
As ABC 7 reports, Trejo worked with special needs children and knew how to help keep the young boy calm while firefighters worked to free the woman in the driver seat from the car.
“He was panicked. I said OK, we have to use our superpowers. So he screamed ‘superpowers’ and we started yelling ‘superpowers.’ I said do this, with the muscles. He said ‘muscles.’ We got kind of a bond. I kept facing him away from the accident.”
He was right behind a crash in Sylmar and pulled a special needs baby out of an overturned car. He distracted the boy until grandma was OK. ♥️ —> https://t.co/tS2Za4bZVZ@ABC7 pic.twitter.com/U9iLzAkHkA
— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) August 8, 2019
The actor also wanted to make clear how necessary safety measures like car seats are. He said, “the only thing that saved that little kid was his car seat, honest to God.”
Trejo also begged those who get behind the wheel of a car to “pay attention.”