It looks like a nightmare in the making, caught on video — a dashcam shows the tiny figure of a child tumbling from the back of a moving minivan onto the unyielding pavement of a bustling thoroughfare in China.
The child, no doubt dazed and bewildered after his sudden fall from his grandfather’s vehicle, stumbles helplessly after the minivan as it pulls away. Desperately alone in the chaos and danger of oncoming traffic is a 2-year-old boy.
But the people in the car whose dashcam caught the child’s fall stopped and got the boy to safety. Another driver chased and stopped the grandfather, identified in Chinese media as Yang Defu.
Yang later told state-owned CCTV that his minivan had been in a rear-end collision days previously, and the wreck broke the vehicle’s tailgate lock.
“I was waiting at the red light. After passing the intersection a car chased after me and kept sounding the horn,” Yang told CCTV.