The accident happened on Wednesday afternoon in the Sylmar neighborhood of Los Angeles after a car ran a red light. The boy was trapped after the vehicle he was in flipped over and landed on its roof. Trejo, and a young woman, helped to recuse the child.
Firefighters were able to free the boy's grandmother from the car. Luckily, no one suffered life-threatening injuries.
Trejo said that he has experience working with special-needs children and knew what to do in the situation.
"He was panicked," Trejo explained. "I said, 'OK we have to use our superpowers.' So he screamed 'superpowers' and we started yelling 'superpowers." I said do this, with the muscles. He said 'muscles.'"
Trejo added: "We got kind of a bond. I kept facing him away from the accident."
Not only is @officialDannyT (Danny Trejo) one of the nicest actors, he’s also a #hero!— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) August 8, 2019
He was right behind a crash in Sylmar and pulled a special needs baby out of an overturned car. He distracted the boy until grandma was OK. ♥️ —> https://t.co/tS2Za4bZVZ@ABC7 pic.twitter.com/U9iLzAkHkA
“Pay attention,” Trejo, who's 75 years old, said, warning drivers. "And the only thing that saved that little kid was his car seat, honest to God."
The accident is currently being investigated by authorities.
Trejo has acted in numerous films throughout his career. He was in Blood In Blood Out, Desperado, Heat, From Dusk till Dawn, Anaconda, Animal Factory, Bubble Boy, Spy Kids, XXX, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, Grindhouse, and more.