Heat and Machete star Danny Trejo was a real-life hero on Wednesday when he helped to rescue a child with special needs from an overturned auto in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles. The SUV flipped over with grandma and her grandson both inside.
In a video posted to his official Instagram, Trejo stood at the scene and described the accident and the help he received from the other bystander, who at the time of this writing has only been identified as a young woman. The child's grandmother was still trapped in the driver's seat, but firefighters were able to rescue her using special equipment.
"He was panicked. I said OK, we have to use our superpowers", Trejo recounted.
"I just knew how scared he was", the actor told the TV network. The woman was able to loosen the child's harness, and Trejo pulled the kid out of the vehicle, according to CNN.
"I couldn't get the baby out", Trejo said.
"The only thing that saved the little kid was his auto seat", Trejo told a photographer on the scene. Reports say that three people were taken to the hospital, but the injuries were not life-threatening.
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Trejo happened to be in the area when the cars collided.
Trejo tried to open the back door to get to the child but the door was smashed at first.
Trejo said he and the child "got kind of a bond". The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Danny Trejo has starred in numerous Hollywood films, often playing the role of the villain.
The actor's career started when, as a youth drug counselor, he was asked by a teen he was working with to come to the set of the 1985 film "Runaway Train".
With help from another bystander, the 75-year-old Spy Kids star managed to reach inside the wreckage and save the infant's life.