A United States mayor sustained a fractured ankle and head injuries while rescuing a mom and three children seconds before a train crashed into their car that had stopped on the tracks.

Eddie Daniels was on his way to work in Vienna, Georgia when he spotted the black SUV on the tracks with a fast approaching train.

He first helped his mother, before spotting three children in the back seat: a six-year-old, a three-year-old and a one-year-old.

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(Pic: Vienna Police Department)

He took out the two youngest children and was helping the six-year-old when the train hit the vehicle.

Mr. Daniels said he remembers being caught between the train and the SUV, but still managed to get the last child out.

The wrecked vehicle landed a few meters from where it was hit, leaving the mayor with a broken ankle and requiring eight stitches to the head.

“I couldn’t let those kids sit there and get slaughtered by a train,” Daniels told WALB-TV.

Mayor Eddie Daniels (Photo: Facebook)
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Mayor Eddie Daniels (Photo: Facebook)

The second term mayor added, “I’m just out here doing God’s work. This is what we should be doing.

“And they told me I was a hero.

“I said I don’t feel like a hero, I just feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do, what people elected me for.”

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