Conductor in China loses right leg after jumping off train to save elderly woman

Mr Xu Qiankai's right leg was smashed by the train after he pushed the elderly woman out of harm's way.
Mr Xu Qiankai's right leg was smashed by the train after he pushed the elderly woman out of harm's way. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

CHENGDU -  A conductor jumped off the train he was on to rescue an elderly woman crossing the railway track in China's Sichuan province, losing his right leg in the process.

Mr Xu Qiankai, 29, has been hailed as a hero for his actions last Thursday (July 6) in saving the life of the 65-year-old woman, who is hearing-impaired and did not hear his warning cries.

Local media reported that Mr Xu, who was carrying out shunting operations as usual, pulled the emergency brake immediately upon spotting the woman.

He also attempted to catch her attention by shouting and whistling.

But the woman did not react, and with the train less than 10m away and unable to stop in time, Mr Xu jumped off and pushed her away from the track.

Mr Xu, however, was unable to get his right leg out of the way in time.

Surveillance footage showed Mr Xu lying on the ground in pain, but he still had the presence of mind to check if the woman was unharmed.

He was taken to hospital, where doctors were forced to amputate his leg.

In a touching gesture, the woman was later pictured kneeling before Mr Xu's hospital bed to show her gratitude.


The woman kneeling in front of Mr Xu's bed to show her gratitude. PHOTO: FACEBOOK 

Beijing-based English news channel CGTN reported that Mr Xu, an only child, is a military veteran who recently transferred back to work at Rongchang Station of the Chengdu Railway Bureau.

He had wanted to live closer to his parents and take care of them.

"I have no regrets losing a leg to save a life," he said in an interview, adding that the only guilt he felt was towards his parents.

The station's deputy director, Bai Ying, said there were signs around the track to warn people off crossing it, but many people turn a blind eye to them.