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Monday, 8 January 2018

Chinese Crane Driver Rescues Passengers After Bus Falls Into River and Labelled a Hero

The bus fell into the river after a collision with an oncoming car. Chinese crane driver labelled a hero after winching four people from submerged bus

A crane operator from eastern China has been labelled a hero after using his vehicle to rescue four people from a bus that had skidded off the road and into a river, according to local media reports.

Not all superheroes wear capes, they say. Some, like this quick-thinking crane driver in China, simply react to a tough situation and help make a difference. A video circulating on social media shows a crane driver rescuing passengers from a bus that fell into a river after an accident.
The incident happened on Wednesday in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, after the bus collided head on with a sports utility vehicle, Modern Express reported.

The crash sent the bus careering off the road and into the water, where it promptly sank, the report said.

When the unnamed construction worker saw what had happened, he quickly climbed down from his crane and dashed across a busy road to survey the scene.

He then ran back to his vehicle, got inside and drove it over to the river bank. With the jib extended out over the water he winched the four passengers up from the bus and manoeuvred them to safety.

By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, all five people – the driver made his own way – were back on dry land, the report said.

The SUV was overturned in the collision, but its driver also managed to escape unhurt.
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The construction worker’s heroics came to light only when footage from a surveillance camera showing what he had done appeared on the local news website Vojs.cn.

Internet users were full of praise for the unnamed hero.

“He has the heart of a superman,” a person wrote on social media.

“The figure of him rushing to the river was so cool!” said another.

This article Chinese crane driver labelled a hero after winching four people from submerged bus first appeared on South China Morning Post.

The video, posted by People's Daily, China shows a speeding car colliding into a bus. The impact not only causes the car to wreak and sway on the road but also causes the bus to fall into a nearby river. That's when the crane driver gets into rescue-mode. He is first seen climbing down the crane and running across the road to ascertain the situation. He then runs back to the crane,  driving it over to the other side of the road. Once there, the driver uses the crane to pull out the passengers of the bus.

The incident took place in Changzhou, China's Jiangsu Province on January 3.

Since being posted on January 7, the video has collected over 36,600 views, some 1,000 'likes' and more than 300 retweets.

"So very glad to see strangers helping humanely in moments of need. Kudos," says one Twitter user. "Well-done.The crane driver is a true hero," says another.


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