Saturday, 01. November 2014
02. 07. 14. - 15:00
Bus passengers faced a delicate balancing act between life and death when this bus plunged over the parapet of a bridge in China.
Just like in the classic film Italian job, in the closing moments of the 1969 film the crooks bus skids as it careers along an Alpine road and is left teetering over a cliff.
In the Chinese crash, the bus was travelling in Quzhou city in east China’s Zhejiang province when it accidentally knocked into the guard rail of the bridge. The bus was suspended in the air with passengers trying to remain still as panic gripped the whole group.
Ten passengers in the bus were slightly injured, but no-one dared move in case they upset the balance of the bus and fell into a gorge below.
Hu Chiang, 42, a passenger, finally saved the day. He was in the back of the bus that was still perched on the pathway of the bridge.
He said: "There was this terrific crash and then screams. It seemed like the bus was going to tip over when it suddenly came to a halt. People were terrified and screaming but I shouted for no-one to move.
"I managed to punch out the glass and gingerly step out and get away. I was able to call police who were there in minutes who secured the bus with steel cables to prevent it slipping over. One by one the people were evacuated."
Police are probing the accident. A spokesman said: "The passenger who got out was very calm and very brave and probably saved the lives of everyone on board. He is a true citizen."
Hu added: "I didn't think I was brave - I just wanted to live."
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