Chinese courier rescues driver from river – then gets back in his van to finish his round

Deliveryman hailed as a hero after he smashes window to pull injured driver clear

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 August, 2017, 6:09pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 August, 2017, 6:09pm

A courier in Shanghai is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a driver who had driven into a river, then carried on with his deliveries.

The rescue took place last Tuesday afternoon after two cars collided at the corner of a road in Shanghai’s Songjiang district, causing one car to lose control and fall into the nearby river, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Zhang Qiuyun, a courier passing by during the incident, quickly jumped into the water and used a wrench to break one of the car windows, pulling the driver out of the vehicle and onto land.

“[I] discovered that there was someone calling for help from the vehicle,” Zhang later told broadcaster Shanghai Television. “At the time, the car was rapidly sinking, so I broke the rear glass window. The driver was still conscious at the time.”

After the driver, identified by his surname Song, was rescued from the water, he was sent immediately to the hospital.

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“My first reaction was to save [the driver],” Zhang told reporters. “I did not have many other thoughts. To tell you the truth, when I thought about it later, it was pretty scary.”

Zhang received some cuts on his fingers from the broken glass of the car window. He bandaged them up before continuing on with his deliveries, the television report said.

Meanwhile, Song suffered a fracture to his left leg, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

“When I leave the hospital, I [will] properly thank [Zhang],” he told reporters from his hospital bed.

Online users lauded Zhang for his bravery in the rescue.

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“This deliveryman should get a big award,” Wang Xuming, a former spokesman for the Ministry of Education, wrote on his official microblog.

Other social media users were quick to praise the driver’s bravery with one Shandong-based commentator saying people should “continue to advocate for this kind of behaviour”.

A Hangzhou-based user said simply that the deliveryman had done a “good job”.