The video is shocking from any angle. A young girl’s head emerges helplessly from underneath the wrecked bus. But the three-year-old wouldn’t lay stuck for very long: an army of onlookers and rescuers came to her aid.
The incident transpired early Wednesday morning when a bus driver in Laiyang in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong lost control of his bus and careened onto a sidewalk.
The young girl, evidently standing right in its path, was knocked down and pinned underneath the bus’s shattered front.
By the time an onlooker turned on a camera, dozens of bystanders rushed to her rescue.
An emergency worker frantically dug the girl to safety with a shovel. An onlooker held her head straight, protecting her from the shovel’s blade with a hard hat. Their efforts attracted profuse praise after the harrowing scene hit the Internet.
“There are more and more ordinary citizen heroes,” one commenter wrote on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.
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