Mindy Tran Speed Bump: Mother Throws Herself Under Runaway Car to Save 2-year-old Twins

March 19, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A Massachusetts mother, Mindy Tran, threw herself under her car as it started to roll down her steep driveway toward ongoing traffic.

The move to act as a speed bump may have saved the lives of her 2-year-old twins.

She managed to stop the vehicle while a neighbor pulled on the emergency break. 

“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,” Tran, 22, told WCVB.

She had backed her Honda into the garage and put into park before going out to lock her front door. Then she saw the car start moving and her daughters in the back seat.

“My daughters are my everything, my everything, and I don’t want to see them in the hospital, and I knew at that time it was either mine or there’s,” she said.

Neighbors ran to help with one hopping into the car and stopping it.

Firefighters arrived and stabilized the vehicle with wooden blocks and then used an airbag to lift it off of Train.

Tran of Lawrence has had to have several surgeries but is happy with the outcome.

“It was all for my kids. I’m just glad my kids are fine,” Tran said. 

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