Fatally hurt, but Chinese driver saves livesJune 4th, 2012 - 4:21 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, June 4 (IANS) A Chinese bus driver, who was badly injured by a piece of metal that flew in through the windshield, stopped the bus, turned on the hazard lights, advised the passengers to remain seated and then collapsed. He died in hospital three days later.
Shanghai Daily said the bus driver may have saved the lives of his 24 passengers despite being fatally injured.
Wu Bin, 48, died of his wounds Friday, three days after a sheet of metal flew through the windshield of his bus while he was driving from Wuxi in Jiangsu Province to Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province.
A surveillance video shows Wu stopping the bus, switching on hazard lights, applying the parking brake and advising the passengers to remain seated before collapsing.
“I didn’t realize what had happened until I saw the blood-covered driver and the smashed windshield,” a passenger was quoted as saying.
“The incident could’ve turned into a traffic accident resulting in major casualties without his heroic efforts and professional ethics,” the passenger added.
Millions of netizens showed respect to Wu on microblogging sites like Weibo.com and QQ.com. They demanded that authorities find out how the accident happened.
Fang Zheng, a doctor, was taken aback that Wu was able to stop the bus and direct the passengers.
“His liver was seriously damaged and three ribs were broken. In such circumstances, he would be in great pain. I’m amazed that he could do that,” he said.
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