March 19, 2014 8:46 PM EDT

A Massachusetts woman is receiving medical attention this week after sustaining serious injuries when she used her own body to stop her car from rolling into traffic with her twin children inside.

Mindy Tran, 22, says she put her Honda Accord in park at the top of her steep driveway with her twin two-year-old girls buckled in the back. She got out of the car and it started to roll downhill, she said. Tran ran to the front of the car and held it as long as she could before it overpowered her.

“I wasn’t going to be able to hold it any longer, so I laid down,” she said. “With the traffic, I knew I had to stop it.” A neighbor eventually came and turned off the car.

Tran, 22, was airlifted to a Boston-area hospital and is undergoing surgery for her injuries.

[Detroit Free Press]

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