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A passer-by, Karoline McLain, receives treatment for her injuries after rescuing a baby from the overturned van. Elkhart’s police and fire departments were called to an accident at South Third and West Franklin streets Monday afternoon involving a van and car about 3:45 p.m. Sept. 9, 2013. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

A baby gets checked out while the mom holds it after being in the van (background) that was involved in an accident. Elkhart’s police and fire departments were called to an accident at South Third and West Franklin streets Monday afternoon involving a van and car about 3:45 p.m. Sept. 9, 2013. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

The driver of the car involved in an accident get medical attention at the scene as a firefighter makes sure no fire starts. Elkhart’s police and fire departments were called to an accident at South Third and West Franklin streets Monday afternoon involving a van and car about 3:45 p.m. Sept. 9, 2013. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

A passer-by, Karoline McLain, responds to questions about rescuing a baby out of the van behind her that was overturned. Elkhart’s police and fire departments were called to an accident at South Third and West Franklin streets Monday afternoon involving a van and car about 3:45 p.m. Sept. 9, 2013. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)
Woman rescues baby from overturned van
Posted on Sept. 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 9, 2013 at 5:19 p.m.

ELKHART — Two people received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in downtown Elkhart Monday afternoon, Sept. 9, including a woman who crawled over broken glass to rescue an infant trapped in an overturned minivan.

Elkhart police and firefighters were called to Franklin and Third streets in downtown Elkhart around 3:45 p.m. Monday.

Sgt. Trent Snider of the Elkhart Police Department said a Cadillac sedan was southbound on Third and a Chrysler minivan was westbound on Franklin when the two collided in the intersection.

Witnesses said one of the vehicles ran a red light, but they could not agree on which vehicle had the red light, Snider said.

The Cadillac had extensive front-end damage and medics bandaged the driver’s wrist at the scene.

The minivan was flipped onto the driver side, trapping the driver and her infant inside.

Karoline McLain of Goshen said she was waiting for a bus at the bus stop on Franklin when the accident happened.

“I didn’t see it, but all I could hear was a crying baby and I’m a mother too,” McLain said.

She dropped the items she was carrying, ran across the intersection toward the van and crawled through the back of the vehicle. She and other bystanders were able to lift the child out of the car.

Snider said the mother and child were shaken but appeared uninjured. McLain had the worst injuries in the incident, Snider said.

McLain suffered cuts to her arms and legs and was treated by paramedics at the scene.