A video showing a little boy almost run over by a bus in a street in north-central Vietnam has sent chills down the spine of many as it was uploaded on social media on Friday.
An official from the administration of Quynh Lien Ward of Hoang Mai Town in Nghe An Province confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper later the same day that the incident took place in the locality, involving a first grader known only as D. and a bus operated by a local cooperative.
D. was walking home from school at around 10:50 am on Friday, when he suddenly ran across the street, paying no attention to a bus speeding from behind.
As seen in the nerve-wracking video, the boy was almost reaching the other side of the road, when he was slightly hit by the bus and fell down to the ground. However, he was seen standing up almost immediately and walked away.
The six-year-old had the driver of the bus, Nguyen Van Tuan, to thank, as the man managed to swerve his vehicle just in time to avoid a fatal accident.
The Quynh Lien official said the young student only had some bruises after the incident.
Tuan was driving at a speed of 44kph when he saw the boy running over the street without paying any attention to the traffic, he recalled.
The driver had to pull his brake and tried to veer the vehicle away to avoid hitting the jaywalker.
“The boy must have been startled by the loud honk from behind and decided to run across the street to avoid being run over,” Tuan said.
Tuan said he now feels even more relieved knowing through the boy’s father that he is in stable condition.
“I was thinking of the worst-case scenario when I saw the boy fell down in front of my bus,” the driver said.
“I breathed a sigh of relief seeing him stand up from the fall.”