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article imageCrash video of Australian father saving baby is released

By Laura Trowbridge     May 10, 2010 in World
Penrith - The amazing video of a father taking the brunt of an out-of-control car smashing into him and his tiny baby son has just been released. The incident occurred in 2008.
Andrew Leach was walking along the sidewalk, holding his baby son in his arms, next to his parents who were pushing the empty stroller in Penrith, near Sydney, Australia.
Then they heard screeching tires.
"I said to my old man that it was probably just another young pup doing a burn-out," Mr Leach told Sky News. "My old man joked about it and turned around to me, and then I turned around and the car was on top of me.
"I was thinking I can take the hit. I can repair but there's no way my son is going to repair. I thought if I get hit from behind then maybe I'll break a leg.
"After, I pulled myself out and the little bloke out and then looked around for mum and dad - and I thought the worst."
An 82-year-old woman was driving the out-of-control car. She went through a red traffic light, smashed into a parked car, and crossed a T-junction before she went over the sidewalk where the Leaches were walking. It was believed that she had had a heart attack at the time of the incident.
Andrew's parents, Caroline and David Leach, were seriously injured in the crash, but have recovered. Andrew suffered a broken leg, while his baby son Haydn escaped without even a scratch.
Andrew said: "That day is the worst in my life - that moment is the first thing I think about every morning."
The accident was captured on CCTV video in 2008 at an estate agent's in Penrith, Australia, but the amazing footage was just released now. It shows the car hitting the elderly Leach couple who went flying into the air, as well as smashing into Andrew and pinning him against the storefront's windows.
Estate agent Michael Ball said: "It's amazing that he did not let go of his child. The whole time he kept his child in his hands and he did not let go."
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