Mindy Tran speed bump: Tran’s decision to use her body as a “speed bump” saved the lives of her two small children. The Lawrence, Massachusetts mom saw her vehicle rolling down her steep driveway with her two-year-old twin daughters strapped in the back, and she threw herself down behind the vehicle to halt the car from rolling into busy traffic below.
According to ABC News on Wednesday, “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.”
The 22-year-old Tran said she had been staying in a shelter, and had just moved into an apartment when the accident occurred. Tran said she saw the car moving with her young twins – daughters Saleen and Sydney trapped inside – and her instincts just took over.
“I knew it was either mine or their (lives),” the teary 22-year-old told WCVB.
Tran said she tried to stop the moving car by bracing herself behind it, but could not. Screaming, she laid down behind the wheels. A neighbor then rushed over and applied the brake. Tran spoke from the Boston-area hospital where she was airlifted. The courageous mom is recovering from a broken leg and a dislocated shoulder and hip.
“I had to use myself as a speed bump to slow it down enough for one of my neighbors to get in and completely stop the car,” she said.
Lawrence Fire Department Chief John Marsh said the vehicle had rolled and stopped on top of Tran, pinning her underneath.
“Firefighters responded to the apartment and they stabilized the car with wooden blocks and then used an airbag to lift the car off Tran,” Marsh said.
“It felt like I was starting a new life,” Tran said. “The girls had started at daycare and we just moved in. It seems like when things are going too well, something bad will happen.”
The Huffington Post writes: "The maternal instinct is often associated with tender, nurturing care. But given a dash of adrenaline, it becomes an entirely different creature." Tran knows this all too well.
“My daughters are my everything,” Tran said. “It was all for my kids. I'm just glad my kids are fine.”
Tran is now in a wheelchair and awaiting surgery, but insists she did what any parent would do. "I don't consider myself a hero," she told ABC. "I am just a mother."