VIENNA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia mayor helped a mother and her three children escape from an SUV that was stuck on a railroad track with a fast approaching train.
Vienna Mayor Eddie Daniels was on his way to work on Saturday morning when he saw the SUV in a dangerous position. “I couldn’t let these babies sit there and get smashed by a train,” Daniels told WALB-TV.
He first helped the mother out, then saw three children in the backseat – a 6-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. He said he got the two youngest children out and was helping the 6-year-old when the train hit the vehicle.
Daniels said he remembered being caught between the train and the SUV, but still managed to get the last child out. The crashed vehicle landed a few meters from where it had been hit.
Daniels has a broken ankle and eight stitches on his head. He said he was grateful the family was alive.
The second-term mayor also said he never imagined this would happen in the south-central Georgia town of 4,000.
“I’m here just doing God’s work. That’s what we’re supposed to do,” Daniels said. “And they told me I was a hero. I said I don’t feel like a hero, I just feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do, what people elected me to do.