Saturday, May 23, 2009

Chinese Would-Be Suicide Pushed by Angry Bystander

[Headlines you never thought you would read] -- Xinhua

Would-be suicide Chen Fuchao was pushed off the Haizhu Bridge by a passerby after his threat to jump held up traffic for five hours in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

Lai Jiangsheng, 66, broke through a police cordon and pushed Chen off the bridge on the morning of May 21, Xinhua said. Chen, who was considering suicide because he was 2 million yuan ($293,000) in debt after a failed construction project, fell onto a partially inflated air cushion, damaging his spine and elbow, and was hospitalized, the report said.