Story By: Simon Glover, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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This is the dramatic moment an elderly woman on a level crossing trips and falls over right as an oncoming train is approaching and is pulled to safety with only seconds to spare.
The incident was captured on CCTV security cameras at the level crossing in the city of Bien Hoa in southern Vietnam’s Dong Nai Province.
Two women railway workers, Nguyen Thi Minh and Do Thi Lan, are seen manning the crossing barriers where dozens of motorcyclists and car drivers wait to cross.
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Suddenly, pedestrian Phan Thi Cam, 77, sneaks behind one guard and tries to run over the crossing but trips and is left sprawled over the tracks.
Lan and Minh instantly leap into action and run to the woman’s aid, pulling her clear a split second before the express train speeds past.
Lan said Cam had panicked when she saw the oncoming train and lost her footing.
She added: “I didn’t think much about what I did it was just instinct kicking in.”
Phan, a local resident who claims to be 80 years old even though her documents say she is 77, suffered minor head injuries but is recovering well.
She told the guards she had not heard their warnings and thanked them for putting their own safety on the live to save her life.
Doan Duy Hoach, deputy general director of the Vietnam Railways Corporation, said the guards would be formally commended for their actions.
Some online commentators criticised the guards for allowing the woman onto the level crossing as the train, which was heading to the city of Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City, approached.
But Lan countered: “You’ve got to walk in our shoes to understand that not everyone listens to guards’ orders.”