Good Samaritan gets merit certificate

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The man who saved a train driver after a railway accident on August 6 received a certificate of merit from the country's railway administration Sunday.


Nguyen Quang Dai, 43, from the northern province of Ha Nam was awarded the certificate at his home by Khuat Minh Tri, labor union chairman of Vietnam Railways.


Earlier, directors of Hanoi Locomotive Factory also called on Dai to thank him and hand over some gifts.


Upon hearing the train crash near his home on August 6, Dai rushed to the scene and saved the life of driver Truong Xuan Thuc who was stuck in the dark locomotive bleeding copiously from life-threatening injuries. It took Dai two hours to save the driver.


As the driver was stuck in his chair and using a crane only worsened the situation, Dat borrowed tools from a nearby motorbike garage to remove nails and move the chair along with the driver.


Then he bit through the driver's leather sandal thinking that using knife or other sharp impliments might end up with the driver losing his foot.


Nguyen Dinh Thong, director of Hanoi Locomotive Factory, said it would have been quicker to move Thuc out by amputating his legs, but Dai didn't do that.


"And when people shouted that the train was going to catch fire, he was still industriously removing nails," Thong was cited by the news website Vnexpress as saying Thursday.


"No one can neglect seeing a fellow creature crying for help. Many people in my position would have done the same thing," Dai said.


Dai said he had first used a handkerchief on the train and pipe tobacco in his pocket to stop the bleeding.


"When I was a soldier, I saw many injuries and I've learnt that we should quickly stop the bleeding or it would be very dangerous," Dai was cited by Vnexpress as saying.


On August 6, the north-south train almost hit a tipper truck crossing the railway and Thuc had hold the brake lever firmly. He lost one arm and saved the lives of more than 300 passengers. Drivers usually just moved the lever to one side, which would save them from severe injuries but not slow the train down as quickly, Thong said.


Thuc, who's worked 22 years for the railway, still travelled to work on a bicycle, unable to afford a motorbike, local news reports said.


Dai said he wishes the railway industry installs fences at every crossroads between the railway and residential roads.

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