Dozens of high schoolers at Utah’s Layton Christian Academy sprung into action to rescue a mother and her two children after they were hit and pinned underneath a vehicle.
According to KSL TV, the incident happened in the school’s parking lot.
“One of the children, a 3-year-old girl, was able to free herself. The kids then lifted the car to pull the mom and her 2-year-old son to safety,” the outlet wrote.
Chris Crowder, associate pastor and CEO of the school, called the students from inside the school to provide assistance.
“I didn’t really know what was going on,” Crowder said.
“I looked across the parking lot and noticed the car and they were screaming and so I ran over there and I look under the car and I see mom and child underneath the car pinned. It was split second. I immediately just ran into the building because I knew I had to get a lot of people to lift this car. We have about 220 domestic kids and over 300 international kids at the school. They just heard me yell. All these kids from different countries just come running out and lift it up,” he continued.
KSL TV reports:
School surveillance video of the parking lots shows the kids running out of the school and surrounding the car to pick it up. An airman from Hill Air Force Base then pulled the mom and child to safety.
“We got to just lift enough to get them out and the kids listened,” Crowder said. “They picked up the car on the one side, 20 to 30 kids, just an inch or two, enough for the air force gentleman (who) was able to pull them out. The kids were heroes, as well as the gentleman that was there and pulled them out.”
The 2-year-old boy was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital. The mom and 3-year-old girl were taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The mom has the most serious of the injuries. She is expected to have to undergo several surgeries.
“Mom took the brunt of it being under the car,” Crowder said. “The car was resting on mom and she had (her boy) in her arms and I think she protected him.”
All three are expected to survive, and Crowder said that’s a miracle.
ABC News added:
Senior Airman Dominique Childress said he relied on his military training when he jumped into action to help after seeing the accident while picking up his children from the school. Childress described the students who ran to the scene to help as the “real heroes.”
“They’ve never had that [military] training, and so for each and every one of them to instinctively go out and do what they did in that traumatic experience is what makes them the real heroes of this story,” he told “GMA.” “Nobody ever told them that they were going to have to deal with something like this. They weren’t prepared for that, and they still did it.”
Crowder confirmed to “GMA” that the mom in the accident, whom he identified by her first name only, Bridgette, is an employee of the school.
She was transported to a hospital, where she underwent surgery and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to Lyman.
Both of her children survived with only minor injuries, according to Lyman.
Lyman said the driver of the car, who has not been publicly identified, told police that she did not see the mom and kids in front of her car.