DONG NAI (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): A man narrowly escaped death after being rescued by a railway worker at a level crossing on Tuesday night (July 5) in the southern province of Dong Nai.
The incident was captured on CCTV footage. At 7.35pm on Tuesday, the crossing guard rushed to the safety of an apparently intoxicated man after he tripped and fell on the tracks. This happened just four seconds before a high-speed train passed.
The dramatic rescue took place at km 1656+004 junction of the Thống Nhất railway line in Xuân Lộc district, Long Khánh city.
After being taken off the track, the man received first aid for cuts and bruises and was able to return home.
The railwayman was named Trịnh Văn Tài of Biên Hòa railway team, Saigon Railway Joint Stock Company.
He told the Zing online newspaper: “I just thought I had to save him by all means without any fear of danger.
“The man appeared drunk. He had no intention of killing himself but just tripped. It was only after I saved him that I breathed a sigh of relief.
Lê Đình Hà, director of the Saigon Railway Joint Stock Company, said that upon hearing about the incident, the company immediately reported it to the leaders of the Vietnam Railway General Corporation demanding that the railwayman be rewarded for his bravery and his altruism.
“Today, company executives also visited his workplace to offer flowers, awards and commend him as an excellent example of bravery,” he said.