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Conductor loses leg after jumping off train to save elderly woman who was crossing on the tracks

By Mason White 3:10 PM July 10, 2017
Qiankai Xu with the elderly woman
Qiankai Xu with the elderly woman
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A train conductor who used to be a soldier, once again served and protected while endangering his own life.

The 29-year-old conductor, Qiankai Xu of China, lost his leg while he saved an elderly woman’s life.

It is a trade-off that he said he would do again if needed. Xu was operating the train outside Chongqing on Thursday afternoon, when he saw the 68-year-old woman crossing the tracks.

Xu quickly pulled the emergency brake and honked the horn, but instead of moving out of the away, the woman simply froze on the tracks.

Knowing that if he did not move fast the woman would be crushed, Xu jumped off his train and started to run towards her with the train roaring behind him.

In less than 10 seconds, Xu was able to push the woman out of the way just in time, but he was not fast enough to save himself, and his right leg was crushed by the train.

Xu was taken to a hospital, where doctors were forced to amputate his leg at the knee.

The 68-year-old woman later visited Xu at the hospital. She was seen in photos kneeling front of his bed to show him the depth of her appreciation.

The woman is suffering from a hearing impairment and therefore, she did not hear the train coming.