“I couldn’t let those babies sit there and get slaughtered by a train,” Mayor Eddie Daniels said.

Daniels was on his way to work Saturday morning when he saw the stalled black SUV on the tracks with a train fast approaching.“I seen a lady in trouble, and I knew I had to do what I had to do,” he said.

Daniels then jumped into action and helped the mom out of the car first. When he moved to the backseat, he found three kids—a six-year-old, a three-year-old and a 1-year old—who also needed his help. That’s when the unthinkable happened.