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Would you jump in front of a car

Posted by on Mar. 19, 2014 at 8:55 AM
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Mom Lies Down as 'Speed Bump' to Save Daughters in Rolling Car

By

Michael Howard

By | ABC News Blogs - 1 hour 29 minutes ago

 

A Lawrence, Mass., woman says she saved the lives of her twin daughters after she used herself as a "speed bump" to stop her car from rolling into traffic.

Mindy Tran, 22, says she had been living in a shelter with twin daughters Saleen and Sydney, and that they had recently moved into their new apartment just days before the incident.

"It felt like I was starting a new life," she told ABC News today from the hospital where she is recovering from a broken leg and dislocated shoulder and hip. "The girls had started at daycare and we just moved in. It seems like when things are going too well, something bad will happen."

Tran says she is lucky to be alive after she lay on the ground behind her Honda Accord to stop it from rolling into the street with her kids still inside. "I laid down horizontally, using my body as a speed bump to stop the car," she said.

Her 2-year-old daughters were buckled in the back seat when the car started rolling. A neighbor also came to help.

"My neighbor jumped in and he asked what I wanted them to do," she said. "I said make sure my daughter's got out of the car safely."

(Photo Credit: Courtesy Mindy Tran) Her neighbor was able to get the girls out and they were uninjured, she added. "My daughters and I are all right and keeping our heads up," she said. "I'm lucky to be alive."

There was no damage to the car, Lawrence Fire Department Chief John Marsh said. "Firefighters responded to the apartment and they stabilized the car with wooden blocks and then used an airbag to lift the car off Tran," he said, adding that she was eventually airlifted to a Boston-area hospital.

"We've seen something like this before," he said. "It is an unfortunate accident and somehow her car wasn't in gear."

Tran says she cannot walk and will have surgery in the coming days, along with physical therapy. "I crushed my knee, injured my hips and dislocated a shoulder," she said.

Tran's twin girls will celebrate their birthday April 13. She says the medical facility at which she is staying has offered to let them have a party there so she can be with them.

"It's not going to be the same for them celebrating a birthday here at the hospital," she said, "but as a mother I want to see them."

Tran says she could be in the hospital for a few weeks.

"I don't consider myself a hero," she said. "I am just a mother."

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liveforever
by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM
If the car was just slowly rolling I think I would try to grab the emergency brake before I threw myself behind it. Its also one of those in the moment things...when it happens you just react with what you feel is best.
Mom2jngnc
by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM


Quoting liveforever: If the car was just slowly rolling I think I would try to grab the emergency brake before I threw myself behind it. Its also one of those in the moment things...when it happens you just react with what you feel is best.

exactly. it is easy to sit here and say I would do... but in reality we don't know what we wold really do...... and I hope we are never in a place to find out.

brittany208
by Platinum Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I don't think I would lay down. Stand behind it or make a break for the door, yes. How close was the car to traffic? Wouldn't she have had time to jump in? but that is still awesome that she would do that for her babies :)

xo.GypsySoul.xo
by Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM
If it was my ONLY option, of course. I would do anything for my childrenm
othermom
by Platinum Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

I don't know. I would do what I could to try to save my kids.

cemcnair
by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Wow!
chattycassie
by Platinum Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM

 I have jumped in front of a car before. (that is a whole other story) however I would in this situation hope I would be able to stop the car w/o having to get run over.

proudmommy690
by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Holy cow how scary
Firenygirl180
by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 11:56 AM
I'd do whatever i had to to save my kids. Currently, since I'm pregnanti wouldn't be diving behind the car to potentially get run over though
.Angelica.
by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I guess I wouldn't really know what I would do unless I was in that situation

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