One train conductor may have lost his leg, but he saved a woman’s life — a trade-off that he says he would gladly make again.
29-year-old Xu Qiankai was driving a train on the outskirts of Chongqing on Thursday afternoon when he spotted an elderly woman crossing the tracks just ahead. Xu quickly pulled the emergency brake and sounded his horn, but instead of move out of the way, the woman simply froze on the tracks.
Knowing that if he did not move fast the woman would be crushed, Xu jumped off his train and began to sprint toward her with the train rumbling along behind him. In less than 10 seconds it was over. While Xu was able to push the woman out of the way in time, he wasn’t quick enough to save himself with his right leg being crushed by the locomotive.
Xu was then rushed to the hospital where doctors were forced to amputate the leg at the knee — a terrible tragedy that this hero has taken in stride.
“Even though I lost my leg, I saved a life,” Xu told the Chongqing Evening News from his hospital bed. “If I had to do it again, I would do the same thing.”
The woman later visited Xu in his hospital room, kneeling down in front of his bed to show her thanks.
Reportedly, the 68-year-old woman suffers from hearing impairments. However, that doesn’t absolve her from ignoring the warning signs against crossing the tracks.
[Images via Chongqing Evening News]
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