Dozens of teenagers in Utah have been hailed as heroes after they rushed to the rescue of a mother and her two young children who were pinned under a car in a school parking lot.
The incident happened on Monday afternoon when a car driven by another parent at the school lost control and mounted the curb, pinning the family underneath. Hearing the screams, a group of nearby teenagers immediately sprang into action, working together to lift the car and free the trapped victims.
According to reports, the teenagers used their combined strength to raise the vehicle enough for the mother and children to be pulled to safety. All three were injured, with the children suffering minor bumps and bruises, but the mother sustained more serious injuries, including a broken leg and internal bleeding. She is expected to require multiple surgeries.
Exclusive video of high school boys and girls at Layton Christian Academy coming to the rescue of a mom and child trapped underneath a car. See the story only on @KSL5TV at 10. pic.twitter.com/iFn0GU7ufb— Dan Rascon (@TVDanRascon) December 6, 2023
The school CEO Chris Crowder praised the teenagers for their quick thinking and bravery, calling them “true heroes” whose actions undoubtedly saved the lives of the mother and her children.
He told KSLTV5: “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 story of the teenagers’ rescue has gone viral, with many people online commending their courage and selflessness. A local GoFundMe page has also been set up to help cover the medical expenses of the injured mother.
In the aftermath of the incident, the school is planning to hold an assembly to honor the teenagers and thank them for their bravery. The event is expected to be attended by the rescued family, as well as local emergency responders and members of the community.