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Death of hero bus driver unit Hangzhou city in shared grief

06-05-2012 15:55 BJT

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The death of a bus driver has united the city of Hangzhou in shared grief. Wu Bin fatally injured by a chunk of iron that smashed through his windscreen. Despite the pain, he maintained control of his bus and ensured the safety of his passengers. He died of his injuries three days after the incident. His story has touched the people out of Hangzhou, with thousands turning out for his funeral procession.

Brought together in mourning, the funeral hasn't started yet. But people have already started gathering in front of Wu Bin's House. Colleagues, neighbours, relatives, they've all come to pray for the heroic bus driver. There are even people who never even met Wu Bin. All here to show their respects.

People stand beside a street as the hearse carrying the coffin of the late bus driver
Wu Bin passes by in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province,
June 4, 2012. Thousands of people bid farewell on Monday to the bus driver Wu Bin,
who saved 24 of his passengers after being fatally injured by a piece of metal
that flew through his bus’s windshield. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

One student of Wenhui Middle School, said, "I saw the video of Wu Bin. He has amazing willpower, that's beyond the ability of ordinary people. There are so many people coming here to mourn and pray for him. I am deeply moved."

The procession begins. The hearse carrying the coffin finally gets underway. The assembled crowd all bid farewell to Wu Bin. Even though there are no traffic police on hand, the ceremony is an orderly one. Hundreds of taxis spontaneously joined the procession, providing an escort for the hearse.

Colleagues of the late bus driver Wu Bin salute as the hearse carrying the coffin of
Wu passes by in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, June 4, 2012.
Thousands of people bid farewell on Monday to the bus driver Wu Bin, who saved 24
of his passengers after being fatally injured by a piece of metal that flew through
his bus’s windshield. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

Chen Xiaoguang, taxi driver, said, "He saved 24 people after he was struck. And after that, he shifted gears and told passengers not to wander onto the highway. His sense of responsibility really touched me."

Hu Xiaochu, taxi driver, said, "I really admire him because he did what I could never do. It is a kind of comfort to be able to escort him on his way. He was a great example to all of us."

Wu Bin saved 24 people, but at the cost of his own life. His family all say, Wu Bin is now in heaven, and he hears the prayers, not just of the people of Hangzhou, buy also the whole nation. Hangzhou is hailing him as a hero and a role model. A feeling shared by many across the nation.

Family members of the late bus driver Wu Bin carry
Wu’s portrait in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s
Zhejiang Province, June 4, 2012. Thousands of people
bid farewell on Monday to the bus driver Wu Bin,
who saved 24 of his passengers after being fatally
injured by a piece of metal that flew through
his bus’s windshield. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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