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Hero bus driver condition critical

A SHANGHAI tour bus driver who managed to bring his packed vehicle to a halt after suffering a brain hemorrhage is still in a life-threatening condition, doctors said.

The drama occurred on Saturday afternoon when 40-year-old Mei Wenjun was driving a bus with more than 30 Shanghai tourists on board.

The tour group, organized by a Shanghai travel agency, was traveling in Lin'an, Zhejiang Province.

Around 3:30pm, the tourists finished sightseeing at the Damingshan scenery area and began to head back to their hotel.

However, after about 20 minutes the bus stopped. Passengers saw that Mei did not look well and was leaning back.

When asked how he was, Mei said he "may just be suffering heat stroke" and would be fine after a few minutes.

Several minutes later, Mei started the bus again. But after about 10 minutes, he took the bus into a gas station and stopped.

By this time passengers realized something was seriously wrong with the driver, who was pale and slumped over the steering wheel.

People wiped the sweat from his brow and massaged the arch of his foot while awaiting an ambulance.

Mei was sent to the Changhua People's Hospital and underwent brain surgery.

Yesterday, doctors said he was still in a serious condition.

Tourists said they were extremely grateful to Mei for managing to park the bus safely while in a life-threatening situation and were moved by his instinctive actions at the critical moment.


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