Authorities say two cars crashed in the Sylmar neighborhood.
A video aired by KABC-TV shows Trejo at the crash scene.
Trejo says he crawled into the wrecked vehicle from one side but couldn’t unbuckle the child’s car seat from that angle.
He said that with the help of another bystander, Monica Jackson, they were able to free the child. Together they pulled the baby safely from the wreckage.
“The only thing that saved the little kid was his car seat, honest to God,” Trejo told a photographer on the scene.
‘Machete’ to the rescue: Actor Danny Trejo helps save child trapped in overturned car in Sylmar https://t.co/Ju9jXX1C1U
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 8, 2019
According to Trejo, it appeared that the accident was caused by one driver running a red light, USA Today reported.
In a video on Twitter, the actor told KABC-TV, “Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else. Everything.”
He was right behind a crash in Sylmar and pulled a special needs baby out of an overturned car. He distracted the boy until grandma was OK. ♥️ —> https://t.co/tS2Za4bZVZ@ABC7 pic.twitter.com/U9iLzAkHkA
— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) August 8, 2019
Trejo also advised motorists and parents to “pay attention.”
The Los Angeles Fire Department says three people were taken to a hospital, and there were no life-threatening injuries.
The 75-year-old Trejo, an LA native, is best known for playing the character Machete from the “Spy Kids” series.
The CNN Wire and NTD staff contributed to this article.