Bus driver stops woman from jumping off bridge with son

·News Reporter
·2-min read

A bus driver has been hailed a hero for his quick reaction when he pulled a woman and her four-year-old son away from a bridge's ledge.

Surveillance footage from the bus shows driver Zhang Zhide pull up next to the pair as they walked along a non-pedestrian section of the Pearl River Bridge in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou last Thursday, Guangzhou Daily reported.

Video shows the mother begin to lift her son over the barrier and place her leg over it.

Mr Zhang rushes out of the bus yelling and wraps his arms around them before pulling them to safety.

The woman holds her son's hand as she walks along the bridge.
A concerned Mr Zhang spotted the woman walking along the vehicle-only bridge. Source: Weibo

As the woman continues to struggle, passengers on the bus rush to the driver's aid.

Speaking to reporters following the incident, Mr Zhang, 48, said he was thankful he managed to prevent a tragedy with just seconds to spare.

"When I think of it now, I'm quite scared, because the guardrail is very short. If I arrive later or if I don't have enough strength, the consequences would be unimaginable," he said.

Mr Zhang said he could sense something was wrong and watched the woman carefully.

Mr Zhang in a red jacket grabs the boy and woman in a big hug.
Mr Zhang rushed to pull the woman and her son from the ledge. Source: Weibo

The woman was eventually calmed down by passengers before police took her and her son to a police station where a relative picked up the child.

The Guangzhou Public Transport Group said Mr Zhang would receive a reward for his behaviour while on duty.

Mr Zhang revealed he has helped numerous people while on duty, including helping a pregnant woman get to hospital. 

"We also maintain a high degree of vigilance at all times. We can help others and it makes me feel that this job is more meaningful," he said.

Mr Zhang told media he feels he has a responsibility to help the community as a bus driver. Source: Guangzhou Daily
Mr Zhang told media he feels he has a responsibility to help the community as a bus driver. Source: Guangzhou Daily

Mr Zhang's act has made headlines right across China and the bus surveillance footage has been viewed on Twitter-like Weibo more than 250 million times.

Users hailed his fast reactions with one suggesting there was not a second to spare. 

"The driver really is amazing," one person wrote.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau@yahoonews.com

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and download the Yahoo News app from the App Store or Google Play.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting