A train conductor in China is being hailed as a hero after saving the life of a deaf woman who tried to cross the tracks at a very inopportune time.
According to news reports, 29-year-old Xu Qiankai was driving a train on the outskirts of Chongqing on Thursday afternoon when he saw the old woman trying to make her way across the tracks ahead. Xu pulled the emergency brake and sounded his horn, but she was unable to hear him.
In a last-minute decision, Xu jumped off his train and was able to get out in front of it fast enough to push her out of the way in less than 10 seconds. He saved her life, but his right leg was crushed by the train.
Doctors were forced to amputate the leg at the knee, but Xu, a former soldier, told reporters, “Even though I lost my leg, I saved a life. If I had to do it again, I would do the same thing.”
The 68-year-old woman later visited Xu in the hospital room to thank him.
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