Actor Danny Trejo played the role of a real life hero yesterday after a rollover wreck.
Danny Trejo, 75, is usually known to play the “tough, bad guy”. But today, he was a kind, gentle and humble hero.
He says he was on his way to get his car worked on yesterday afternoon when he witnessed the crash and didn’t hesitate to jump into action.
Security footage shows an SUV driving through an intersection when a sedan suddenly comes barreling down the street, T-boning the SUV. This caused the SUV to flip on its side. Moments later, Danny Trejo and others ran to help.
Trejo recalled how he felt as he helped rescue a little boy trapped in a car in Sylmar. “I just wanted to cry. I just knew how scared he was,” said Trejo.
It happened around 3 PM as he was heading eastbound on Hubbard Street. That’s where Trejo saw the car next to him go through the red light and hit the Ford SUV at Jackman Ave.
Trejo tried to help the woman in the driver’s seat, but she told him to help her grandson, a special needs child, in the backseat.
“He was a little boy, he was about five. He was screaming and I climbed in the car, and the worst thing you can smell is gas,” said Trejo.
Trejo crawled into the wreckage, but soon realized he couldn’t unbuckle the car seat from where he was. He soon got help from another bystander – a young woman named Monica Jackson.
“I tried to, but I couldn’t reach it, and then this little girl on the other side said, ‘I got it! I got it!’ and she pushed the button and I pulled the little boy out and I’m holding him. Then she went to the grandma,” said Trejo.
The boy’s grandmother remained trapped. As firefighters worked to free her, Trejo tried to distract the little boy.
“I’m holding him and I’m like, ‘wait a minute, we got to use our superpowers!’ and goes ‘SUPERPOWERS!'” said Trejo, mimicking the boy’s flexing.
Firefighters got the grandmother out, and the boy’s mom arrived to thank the real life hero.
“The mom was pretty shook up, but she gave me a hug. She was so funny, she was like ‘I know you! I know you!’ But I go ‘no, no, no it’s okay, it’s okay,'” said Trejo.
Trejo says he feels great being able to help get that little boy out of the car.
“I just feel great that the Lord put me right there in that spot to do what I did. That’s all, “said Trejo.
LA City Fire says three people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening industries.
Trejo gives a lot of credit to the firefighters who responded and Monica Jackson for helping him out.