Danny Trejo, known for his role as the tough guy Machete in various Robert Rodriguez films, proved to be just as heroic in real life as he is in his films.
On Wednesday, Aug. 7 in Sylmar, CA, ABC7 reported that when two cars collided, one of the vehicles flipped onto its roof, trapping a baby strapped into a car seat inside.
Trejo informed that, when he crawled into the wreckage from one side he originally couldn’t unbuckle the car seat from his angle. Another bystander, a young woman, got in from the other side of the vehicle and was able to undo the buckle, allowing Trejo to get the baby safely out of the car. A reporter from ABC7 said afterward that Trejo continued to distract the boy until his grandmother was okay.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said three people were transported to a hospital, but no life-threatening injuries were sustained. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation, although Trejo said it looked like one of the drivers ran a red light.
“Pay attention,” Trejo said, in his advice to other drivers and parents. “And the only thing that saved that little kid was his car seat, honest to God.” He also professes that “everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else.”