“I don’t consider myself a hero. I am just a mother.”
Mindy Tran, 22, is recovering from a broken leg and dislocated shoulder and hip after she lay on the ground behind her Honda Accord to stop it from rolling into the street with her daughters, Saleen and Sydney, still buckled in the back seat.
“I laid down horizontally, using my body as a speed bump to stop the car,” she told ABC News.
A neighbor was able to get the girls out of the car safely.
“Firefighters responded to the apartment and they stabilized the car with wooden blocks and then used an airbag to lift the car off Tran,” said Lawrence Fire Department Chief John Marsh, adding that Miss Tran was airlifted to a Boston-area hospital.
“We’ve seen something like this before,” he told ABC News. “It is an unfortunate accident and somehow her car wasn’t in gear.”
“My daughters and I are all right and keeping our heads up,” said Miss Tran. “I’m lucky to be alive.”
She said she could be in the hospital for a few weeks.