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article imageBus driver, hit by flying metal, gives life to save passengers

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By Yukio Strachan     Jun 3, 2012 in World
In China, a bus driver gave his own life to save the passengers on his bus after being struck by a flying chunk of iron that smashed through his windshield.
At 11:40 on Tuesday, May 29, 48-year-old Wu Bin was driving a bus from Hangzhou, the capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, back to Wuxi city in Jiangsu Province. Suddenly a piece of iron shot backwards from the wheels of a truck that was heading in the opposite direction, striking the windshield of Bin's bus, shattering the windshield -- and shattering Bin.
"The object like a piece of iron flew from the opposite lane to pierce through the windshield and hit Wu on his abdomen and his arms," said Chen Yibo, head of the security check office of Hangzhou Long-Distance Passenger Transportation Company, according to China Central Television.
Except, you wouldn't know it. Despite being in obvious pain, dramatic video footage from the bus showed Bin managing to focus on braking, shifting gears and slowing down the bus to a stop,Yahoo!7 reported.
With the bus safely stopped, ITN news says, Bin staggered out of his seat, stood up, turned around and was able to reassure and calm passengers.
"He turned on the hazard warning lights after the bus stopped, pulled the handbrake and advised passengers not to run around as the bus was still on a highway," said Chen Yibo.
After that, he passed out.
Because of his actions, none of the 24 passengers were hurt, saving their lives.
But Bin wasn't so lucky.
The badly wounded driver was sent to local hospital. The heavy blow left the driver's liver and lung badly damaged and three ribs broken.
Fang Zheng, a doctor with department of hepatobiliary surgery, was amazed at Bin's actions.
"His whole liver was seriously damaged. In such a circumstance, it should be very painful. I'm touched that he could do that."
His colleagues prayed for him.
At 3:45 on June 1, Bin died of his injuries.
His hometown of Hangzhou in eastern China has praised him as a hero and a role model.
The 24 passengers feel grateful to the driver for saving their lives.
"Passengers spoke highly of him, saying he was a dedicated driver and kept passenger's safety in his mind despite his dangerous situation," said Chen Yibo.
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