Massachusetts mother Mindy Tran acted as a human speed bump to save her twin daughters as her car began to roll toward traffic with the girls strapped inside.
The 22-year-old had buckled the girls into their car seats before the car started moving backward down the driveway, toward traffic. She threw herself behind the moving vehicle, and the Honda Accord stopped when it reached her leg.
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Tran said that her actions were instinct.
"My daughters are my everything," Tran told ABC News.
She suffered injuries to her left knee and right leg. "I don't want to see my daughters in the hospitals, and I knew at that time, it was either (them) or (me)."
The mother and her 2-year-old daughters Saleen and Sydney had moved from a shelter to a new apartment days before the accident.
"It felt like I was starting a new life," she told ABC News. "The girls had started at daycare and we just moved in. It seems like when things are going too well, something bad will happen."
A neighbor helped get Tran's daughters out of the car safely. The car also suffered no damage.
"My daughters and I are all right and keeping our heads up," Tran said. "I'm lucky to be alive."
Lawrence Fire Department Chief John Marsh told ABC News that firefighters secured the car with wooden blocks and then lifted the car off Tran using an airbag. The woman was eventually flown to a Boston-area hospital.
"We've seen something like this before," Marsh told the station. "It is an unfortunate accident and somehow her car wasn't in gear."
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