Oak Park woman helps save newborn from overturned SUV

Teri Falcon crawls inside SUV that overturned near Detroit gas station


DETROIT – A surveillance camera outside a Detroit gas station captured an SUV flipping, trapping a newborn baby inside.

It happened at Warren and I-75 after a car rear-ended the SUV.

The woman who was driving the SUV screamed that her baby was trapped inside of the overturned vehicle.

Teri Falcon saw the devastating accident. The 32-year-old mom from Oak Park was just the right person to be in just the right spot to help.

"But knowing what to do was almost instinctive," Falcon said.

Falcon served in the Marines and is a trained medic. She was able to crawl inside the SUV to see an infant hanging upside down, strapped in a car seat.

Medics from an ambulance at the scene were too big to crawl in and reach the baby. Falcon lifted the car seat up with one hand and unlatched it with the other.

Falcon has a burn on her face from her rescue. At home with her 5-year-old daughter, she said it wasn't medic or military training that kicked in.

"Being a parent takes precedence over anything and I would go to the end of the world for my daughter," Falcon said.

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