Mindy Tran: Mom uses 'body as speed bump' to save twins from rolling car

LAWRENCE, Mass. - A 22-year-old Massachusetts mother risked her life to save her twin toddlers from a rolling car earlier this month.

Mindy Tran's left knee was crushed and her right leg dislocated from her hip during the incident.

"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 said.

It all happened on March 6, just days after signing a lease at her new apartment.

She backed her Honda into the garage, put it in park and had her 2-year-old twins buckled in the back seat when she said she got out to lock her front door. She saw the car start moving.

"I was like, 'What is going on?' And I see my daughter sitting there in the backseat and of course my first instinct is, 'I have to push the car back into the driveway,'" she said.

Afraid the car would go down her steep driveway and into busy Marsten Street, she said her motherly instincts kicked in.

"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.

That’s when new neighbors ran to help, jumping into the car, stopping it and getting the girls safely out.

Firefighters arrived and stabilized the car with wooden blocks and then used an airbag to lift it off her.

Tran has been in and out of hospitals and has another surgery set for Wednesday. Knowing there’s a long recovery ahead, she vows she’ll walk again.

"It was all for my kids. I'm just glad my kids are fine," Tran said.