Berlin witnesses 40 people setting everything aside to save an 18-year-old boy trapped beneath a bus.
Humanity, if given a chance is capable of miracles. This was in full display when a humongous effort was put into action by pedestrians when they saw an 18-year-old boy trapped under a bus, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune. People immediately went to help the boy when they saw his helpless state. Almost 40 people were involved in lifting the vehicle to get the boy free. The authorities were both shocked as well as appreciative of the effort and congratulated every individual involved in the task. At present, the boy is recuperating from his injuries but fortunately is out of danger.
Accidents are unfortunately not a rare occurrence in Berlin. As per, Berlin.de 14,782 people in 2022 lost their lives due to accidents. Factors such as speeding, drinking and driving are some of the top factors that can be blamed for such accidents. The 18-year-old almost joined the estimated count when he found himself trapped beneath a bus. The boy was in a very complicated position, pinned by a tire of the rear axle.
As per the authorities, the boy got into such a precarious position when he was running behind the bus trying to catch it. The accident came to the attention of passengers and passersby. The bus stopped immediately, so as to not further injure the boy. Authorities were contacted, but seeing the condition of the boy the civilians came together and made a plan. They lifted the right side of the bus so that the boy could be extracted from there, and given medical attention.
One of the volunteers, Frank Kurze recalled his experience to the German news channel N-TV. He recalled that there was a lot of chaos, and the reason why he joined was, “I saw the men trying to lift the bus, and it was clear to me that I also had to help lift the bus and try to pull the young man from underneath.” The news soon spread like wildfire, which led nurses and surgeons from a nearby medical center to reach the location, with first aid. Michelle Rueckborn, a nurse on location said, “We were at work when we heard screams, and our boss looked out of the window and saw what had happened and said ‘Take the doctor’s case and run.’”
As per the police, the man had scrapes, bruises, and an arm injury. This was confirmed by Sandra Grunwald, another nurse on the spot, who added, “He was responsive but very perplexed and didn’t know what was happening.” Seeing such a hearty effort was heartening for the nurse. She reflected, “I think it’s nice that one can still more or less have trust in society." The boy after extraction, was quickly transferred to a nearby hospital, where he had to undergo surgery. Since then, he has been released, from the hospital. Unfortunately, the Berlin police have no update on his present condition.
Während wir neulich noch gegen "Gaffer" vorgehen mussten, hoben gestern in #Spandau ca. 40 @ZivileHelden mit vereinten Kräften einen Bus, unter den ein 18J. geraten war, in die Luft und befreiten den verletzten Mann. #Danke Spandau, danke Berlin.#ErsteHilfe rettet Leben.— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) September 12, 2023
An investigation has been launched regarding how the boy found himself under the bus. Hearing the story reinstated faith in the collective good of society. So, many people stepped away from their busy routines to be a part of this rescue effort. The people in this effort were hailed as 'heroes' by the Berlin police. The police department took to X and posted a sweet message, “Thank you, Spandau, thank you, Berlin."