Girl Falls Through Sidewalk in Xi’an, Rescued by Taxi Driver

A Chinese girl suddenly falls through the sidewalk in Xi'an, China.

A Chinese girl suddenly falls through the sidewalk in Xi'an, China.

The below video is currently one of the most discussed videos of the day, with 180,000 views since last night and 600 comments. A similar video uploaded 6 hours ago has an additional 200,000 views and 700 comments. The popularity of the video is partially attributed to the similarities between it and a similar event that occurred in Beijing earlier this month in which a woman was killed after a sidewalk collapsed into a pit of boiling water.

Video From Youku:

Girl Suddenly Falls Into Deep Pit, Taxi Brother Wordlessly Saves Her

Two days ago we heatedly discussed [the story of] a Beijing woman scalded to death after falling into a pit of boiling water. The result of that was the responsible party paid the woman’s family members a sum of 1.2 million RMB in compensation. Recently, in Shaanxi Xi’an, yet another girl dropped into an open pit. But this time, the fate of the girl was completely different. At the time of the accident, a kind-hearted taxi driver Wang Wei happened to see her fall. He immediately stopped his car, jumped into the pit, and saved the young girl.

Wang Wei
Below was very deep, altogether six or seven meters deep, the girl at that time was just laying on the bottom. Luckily a few feet below was a power line, I held onto it and went down.

Chang’an District Taxi Cab Supervisor:
This guy [Wang Wei] normally is a man of few words, for instance regarding saving this girl, the taxi owner spoke even asked him, and he said it was just something small, not a big deal.

Wang Wei
Her school is thankful, her parents are also thankful, anyway there were so many people, I was rather embarrassed. Actually this incident was just, in my opinion, just helping someone. When I finished helping I just left. It was nothing.

A copy on YouTube:

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Comments from Youku (1 & 2):


A rare good Samaritan, learn from him!


I think aside from focusing on the heroism of Wang Wei, the media should pay attention to why such a level road would suddenly give way into a pit? If this is caused by the inadequate work of the city road department, then shouldn’t they be investigating into whichever person is responsible?


Once again proving: Walking on the street listening to music or talking on the phone leads to tragedy!


My gamertag is “Walk Outside and Fall into a Pit”; I think it suits her better.


Fuck, are animals in the city setting traps for humans now?


This society still has good people.


Fuck, what kind of lousy street is this, why has Xi’an had so many collapsed road surfaces in recent years? People don’t even dare go walk on the street…


This is garbage engineers’ garbage engineering, it’ll kill someone! The leader of the work unit responsible should go to hell!


I want to know, if this girl had died after falling in, who would come forth and pay for it [be held responsible]?


According to authorities, the investigation concluded that the street was constructed by temporary workers. Therefore, it has nothing to do with China’s Ministry of Transport [which is responsible for roads].

番薯加芋头 (responding to above):

Another expert comes out, says the road has no problem, that the girl was too heavy, that she collapsed [the sidewalk], just like cars collapsing elevated highways.


Who set up this trap pit? Fucking scoundrel, the pit has no cover, letting people see it first they can avoid it, why put such a thin piece of concrete over it? Is this not purposefully trying to hurt someone? Repulsive construction workers!


Brother Wang, you are a good model for us Chinese! I will learn from you, and at the same time wish you a safe/happy life!

What do you think? Do you dare walk on sidewalks anymore?

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Written by Joel

Joel is a reclusive writer based in Shanghai who took up blogging as a hobby one summer and never looked back. Former editor of Shanghaiist.

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