Usually appearing in films as a villain or antihero, Danny Trejo has been said to have a heart of gold in real life, and his most recent act of kindness certainly proves that point, as Trejo helped rescue a young special-needs child trapped in an overturned car in Sylmar yesterday.
The prolific actor, who's appeared in hundreds of films including Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn, Heat, Con Air, Spy Kids, and The Devil’s Rejects, among others, happened to be in the area when two cars collided Wednesday afternoon in the area of Hubbard Street and Jackman Avenue. Trejo told ABC 7's on-site reporters that one of the cars ran a red light.
"One of the vehicles overturned onto its roof and a young child was trapped inside, strapped into a car seat. Trejo and another bystander helped rescue the child," the source explains.
"Trejo crawled into the overturned wreckage from one side, he recalled, but he couldn’t unbuckle the child’s car seat from that angle."
"The other bystander, a young woman, crawled in from the other side of the overturned vehicle and was able to undo the buckle. Trejo was then able to get the baby out of the car seat and pulled safely from the wreckage."
"While that was happening, the boy’s grandmother remained trapped in the driver’s seat. Firefighters had to use equipment to free her."
"Trejo says while the firefighters were working to free the woman, he was trying to distract the boy from the scene."
Thanks to his previous experience with special-needs children, Trejo was able to successfully keep the boy calm throughout the traumatic experience.
"He was panicked," Trejo told reporters. "I said OK, we have to use our superpowers. So he screamed ‘superpowers’ and we started yelling ‘superpowers,” Trejo added. "I said do this, with the muscles. He said ‘muscles.'"
"We got kind of a bond. I kept facing him away from the accident."