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'Only 18 seconds' Bus driver and passengers who saved a fallen passenger

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

On the 23rd, at 11:33 am, a bus driver and passengers giving first aid to a man in his 50s who collapsed inside a Gyeongju bus was captured on the bus CCTV. [Photo source = Gyeongju City]

A man in his 50s who collapsed on a running city bus was saved thanks to first aid measures by the bus driver and passengers.

According to Gyeongju-si, Gyeongbuk on the 25th, on the morning of the 23rd, a man in his 50s, A, on the 51st bus going from Hwangseong-dong to Yonggang-dong suddenly fell unconscious.

Passengers who saw this laid the body of Mr. A on his face, supported his neck, and massaged his hands, arms and legs. Bus driver Kim Soo-chan (62) started CPR immediately after stopping the bus. It was about 18 seconds after Mr. A collapsed.

Another passenger reported to 119 and reported the location of the bus and Mr. A's condition. Their first aid lasted about a minute, and in the meantime, Mr. A regained his consciousness. Afterwards, the 119 ambulance arrived and was transported to the hospital, where he was reported to have been stabilized.

The tense situation at the time was captured on the CCTV in the bus. According to CCTV, Mr. A, who was sitting in his seat, fell down while leaning his body sideways. Then, the passengers and the bus driver ran almost simultaneously and gave first aid to protect the golden hour. It is known that Mr. A has regained stability in the hospital and is recovering.

Driver Kim Soo-chan said, "I decided that the collapsed passenger was not breathing, so I decided that it was a crisis situation and performed CPR according to my instincts." "It was a great help to receive CPR and safety training from the company once a month."

He went on to express his gratitude, saying, “It would have been difficult without the passengers who helped me, such as Han Dong-gyu (Kyungpook National University), Park Young-min (Daegu University), and Lee Soon-jin (Gyeongju Women’s Information High School).”

Reporter Choi Ah-yeong, (

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