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San Jose Brothers Help Rescue Pregnant Woman Trapped In Car

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Scene of a crash on West Capitol Expressway and Rosenbaum Avenue in San Jose on June 29, 2012. (Dina Schindler / CBS)

Scene of a crash on West Capitol Expressway and Rosenbaum Avenue in San Jose on June 29, 2012. (Dina Schindler / CBS)

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SAN JOSE (CBS 5) — Two brothers are being hailed as heroes after rescuing a pregnant woman from a car crash in San Jose on Friday.

The crash occurred on West Capitol Expressway near Rosenbaum Avenue. Alex Quinones, who is studying to be a firefighter, woke up on Friday to the sound of a car crash outside his window.

“All of a sudden, we hear a big old bang,” Alex Quinones said.

Witnesses said a gray Ford Focus was clipped by another car, sending it over the median and onto the opposite side of the expressway, where it landed upside down. The driver of the Focus, who is pregnant, was not able to get out of the car.

A dark stain on the roadway marks the spot where the woman was trapped inside, pounding on the windows, kicking and screaming for help. Despite her pleas, there were several people standing on the sidewalk watching.

Without hesitating, Alex told his younger brother Antonio to get his axe.

“I told her to calm down, back up. That’s when she knew I was there to help,” Alex Quinones said.

He then used the axe to break a window. With the help of several others, the woman was pulled to safety.

Investigators have not revealed the pregnant woman’s identity or condition as of Friday night. The brothers said the woman was in shock, but did not appear seriously injured.

“What a hero,” Antonio Quinones said, referring to his brother.

The other driver was cited for making an unsafe lane change.

Alex Quinones walked away from the rescue with only a few cuts on his hands.

When asked if he was a hero, Alex said, “Kind of, but not really. She just needed help. I was in the right time, right place, just helped her out.”

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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