Michigan City, IN (WXYZ) - After a massive pileup on I-94 Thursday killed three in Northwest Indiana, we're learning a Northville man played a crucial role in helping to keep victims out of harms way.
Next to the real thing, a little Facetime on the phone is priceless for Michelle Mamo and her son Brad Mamo. It's a daily ritual between the two. But Thursday afternoon, the routine took a tragic detour.
Brad was on his way home to Michigan from Chicago when he became one of the countless drivers trapped in the wreckage of I-94's massive pileup in Northwest Indiana. The chain reaction crash took three lives and injured several.
"I mean, as soon as everything settled down, I called my mom immediately to tell her what had happened and that I'm alright." said Brad.
"And he said, 'Accident, accident!'" recalls Michelle, "'Baby trapped in car!' And I said what is going on?"
"You know, I noticed there was a mother with a small child in the back seat, pinned underneath the semi." said Brad.
"He had the baby in his arms, and brought the mom and the baby in his truck." said Michelle.
"So I put her in my truck, wrapped her up in my jacket, put some gloves on her, and made sure she was okay." said Brad, "You know, if I would have left three seconds earlier, I could have been right in the middle of it."
"I'm very proud of him." said Michelle, "I'm proud he got the baby out and that he was okay. He really did spring into action."
Brad remained on I-94 for nine hours, but says he's thankful to have walked away unharmed.