Tributes pour in online for quick-witted

Rescuers evacuate a passenger from the site of a train derailment accident in Rongjiang County, southwest China’s Guizhou Province, June 4, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

Netizens have paid tribute to the quick-witted high-speed train driver who took emergency braking action after detecting an anomaly on a high-speed rail line in southwest China’s Guizhou province. China) before being killed in the ensuing crash.

Yang Yong, the conductor, managed to stop the train and saved the passengers’ lives before dying, according to a statement released by China State Railway Group, the national train operator.

The band paid tribute to the pilot.

As train D2809 traveled from Guiyang to Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, two of its carriages came off the tracks at a point hit by mud and landslides as the train approached Rongjiang Station in Guizhou on Saturday. The derailment killed Yang and injured eight others, the group said.

The remaining 136 passengers were evacuated and transferred to safety.

According to an analysis of train data, Yang detected an anomaly on the track as the train was in a tunnel before entering Rongjiang Station and applied the emergency brakes. The train hit the rockslide and slid more than 900 meters before derailing.

A statement posted on the national train operator’s official WeChat account on Saturday received more than 100,000 views.

Netizens hailed Yang as a hero. A video shows bouquets of flowers at the crash site addressing him.

A netizen from Yunnan Province wrote, “As a railway worker and wife of a train driver, I know the responsibilities of train drivers better than anyone. Hail to the hero! May you rest in peace!

Another netizen from Hunan Province wrote, “You died protecting people’s lives. You are a role model for all railway workers and a true hero.

According to Chengdu, Sichuan Province-based Redstar News, Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu released a statement mourning Yang.

According to the statement, Yang, 46, received her education at school. There, in 2018, he studied high-speed train theory, safety rules, driver psychology and work ethics.

Yang scored high on the qualifying test, impressing his instructors.

In China, each high-speed train usually has a driver in the cabin, and the job requires a high degree of attention.

A high-speed train driver who preferred to remain anonymous said he felt exhausted after each trip because driving a high-speed train requires your full attention, even if you know the route very well.

“When I’m behind the controls, I have to be fully focused without any distractions. A few hundred people are behind me, which is a heavy responsibility,” he said.

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