Stranger manages to catch runaway pram just before baby rolls into traffic

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A quick-thinking bystander has been hailed as a hero after narrowly saving a pram-bound baby from rolling into 50mph traffic.

Heart-stopping footage shows the buggy rolling down a sloped driveway during a windy spell in Hesperia, California, as its guardian unloads her car.

The woman, believed to be the baby’s great-aunt, makes a dash for the child, and initially appears to be within reach.

But she soon stumbles and falls to the ground, as the pushchair careers toward an adjoining four-line highway.

In the rush to get back to her feet, her right knee appears to give out, forcing her to scream out helplessly.

A man is seen dashing over and grabbing the pram just a few feet before it would have reached the highway.

He was named by NBC Los Angeles as Ron Nessman, who happened to be walking back from a job interview at a nearby Applebee’s restaurant.

Mr Nessman told the network: ‘I knew I could get it and I got it and I’m thankful for that because I really wouldn’t want to see the end result if I wasn’t there.

‘She tried everything she possibly could to get up. Her knees were bleeding when I got up to her. She was still shocked and she was crying.’

His sister, Donna Gunderson, who witnessed the drama from a nearby patio, added: ‘I heard screaming to the right. And I look back and I see a stroller going down the driveway and my heart dropped. The cars do 50-55 and it was a busy time of day.’

The incident should serve as a lesson to lock the wheels on a pram, she added, particularly during high winds.

Mr Nessman, who had recently moved in with Ms Gunderson after being homeless for about eight years, said he is still looking for a job and thanked his sister for helping him ‘get right’.

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