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Man labeled 'hero' after saving family in dramatic crash caught on tape

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(KYTX) - A Milwaukee man is being called a hero after pulling a baby from car that had just been in a horrific accident.

The accident, and his heroics, were all caught on tape. Jermont Terry has the story.

This video is hard to watch at first glance. It shows a car slamming into an SUV, flipping it, and causing the SUV to run into a second car.

"Oh my God it sounds like a freight train collided with something, really loud."

The impact forced neighbors to step outside.

But look closely, they didn't just stand there. They quickly jumped into action.

"I saw another lady that was driving and she was like a little ball on the ground, actually laying on the pavement,"  says Chico Quinones, witness to the accident.

But before Quinones could get to the woman, something caught his attention in the back seat.

"I found a little baby, just hanging on her car seat, and that got my attention immediately, and I had to work with her," says Quinones.

Take a look as Chico crawls into the overturned SUV. Besides the cries for help, something else worried him.

"I'm scared that the car might catch on fire because of the situation, I'm smelling gasoline very strongly," says Quinones.

When he finally reached the child, he could not release the straps from the car seat. "I had to work my way in getting her legs loose, but I finally did it, and walked away with her."

You can see him cradle the child and bring her to safety.

"What was that feeling when you finally freed the little girl?" "There's no words that can describe that.

The other neighbors then rescued the mother. While people are calling Chico a hero, he credits the mom for saving the child.

"If that baby was not in that seatbelt, the way that car bounced around, that baby would have probably been killed," says Quinones. "So the mother did a good thing by having the baby strapped down."

Fortunately everyone involved in the crash escaped with minor injuries.

The driver and passenger in the car that caused the accident were seen on tape walking away. The driver was later found and charged with a hit-and-run.

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