Monday, 26. January 2015
01. 08. 14. - 16:00
A shepherd who saved a cargo train loaded with oil from derailing after a mudslide washed over its tracks has been hailed a hero in northern China.
Herder Lu Wei, 42, lost half of his flock after he abandoned them to dashed in front of the oncoming train in Laiyuan county, in Hebei Province, and he has now been bombarded with praise on Chinese social media by fans throughout the country.
And government officials this week awarded Lu a 25,000 GBP bravery award after a furious internet reaction to the paltry 1,000 GBP they had originally announced to compensate him for his lost sheep.
Lu dashed for the track when he saw a metre high pile of debris had devastated the line.
He told local media: "I heard a whistle blowing and I ran down to the railway track, and saw the train coming. It was foggy, but I could still see the train.
"I moved ahead about 30 metres and waved my arms to stop it."
Railway officials say the train stopped just 30 metres from the washed out tracks.
"The train would probably not have survived if it hadn't been for Mr Lu and what he did. We owe him a huge debt. He is a very brave man," said a spokesman.
Lu added: "I didn't expect any reward but I did lose 21 of my flock in the storm that night so this will certainly make up for that."
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