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US nurse helps accident victims

IN another good Samaritan incident - this time on the streets of Shanghai - a male nurse from the United States and local residents rushed to help a family of three who were knocked down by a bus in suburban Baoshan District on Monday night.

A 17-month-old baby girl died in the accident and her injured parents are being treated in hospital. The bus driver has been questioned by police but is not under detention as investigation into the cause of the accident continues.

"We are very sorry that the baby was lost in the accident," Richard Quimby, the American nurse who offered a helping hand at the scene of the accident, told a reporter of STV news yesterday.

"I just want to help people," Quimby, who at first declined to be interviewed, was quoted as saying.

Quimby, accompanying his Shanghai-born wife on a family visit to the city from the United States, witnessed the accident on Monday night on Baoshan's Huma Road when a family of three was crushed by a bus, and rushed to help.

"I saw a foreigner trying to stop the bleeding from a cut suffered by a woman lying on the ground," said a resident, surnamed Sun, who later helped carry the injured into a taxi and rushed them to hospital.

"I checked the back of her head. She had an open wound, so I covered it but it kept bleeding, but I made sure she was awake," Quimby, who is a nurse at the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, New York, said.

Police, who are looking for witnesses, said none of the good Samaritans who helped the accident victims left behind their contacts.

The victims' friends said they were very grateful that people came forward to help, adding that the injured parents have still not been told about their daughter's death.

"Keep comforting the mother, that is the most important thing now," Quimby suggested.


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