CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A 300 pound garage door comes crashing down. Doctors say it could've killed an adult but imagine if it hit a one-year-old boy. The quick thinking little girl likely saved her brother's life.
Halle Andrews and her family were getting ready for a day at Castor River shut-ins when an attempt to close the garage door turned terrifying.
It was Halle's instincts alone that saved little Beau from hundreds of pounds of steel.
Inseparable describes 7 year old Halle Andrews and her one year old brother, Beau. Halle says she's always looking out for him.
"Like when something's gonna happen I look around for Beau to see what's wrong so he's not eating a crayon or marking on himself," said Halle.
In fact, Halle was right next to Beau Monday when the family was getting ready for a day of swimming.
"I didn't see anything," said Halle. "I just heard something really fast and then I thought something's gonna fall on my brother!"
It was 300 pounds of steel and glass that just came crashing down.
Mom, Kasie Andrews explains her sister's boyfriend tried to help her shut the door that was already acting up. Little did he know, the safety spring was broken.
"It didn't catch it just bam," said Andrews. "The door fell, and fell hard and Beau was right in its path.
"It was so loud," she said.
Halle had seconds to react "I was trying to pull him out of the way so he didn't get smashed or anything," said Halle.
Halle says something inside her told her to grab Beau she pulled him to safety just before the door hit.
"They were both on top of each other," said Andrews. "I didn't know who was hurt. He was screaming craziness."
That's when mom says she saw all the blood, and quickly she realized it was coming from Beau's foot. He has two broken bones. Those are injuries that will heal.
"I couldn't believe she thought that quickly you don't imagine your 7 year old will think that fast," said Andrews.
As for that garage door, a replacement is on the way. And as for Halle, she couldn't be prouder to be her little brother's real live hero.
Kasie Andrews encourages everyone to check their garage door. That's something she never thought could potentially crush her child.
Beau will be just fine once his cast is off. After that, he'll only have Halle to remind him of the scary day that brought them closer together.