Bus Mechanic Turned Hero: Saves Driver From Attack [Video]


Guy Tries to Rob a Bus in Chile and Gets a Surprise Beat Down


It's extraordinarily rare, but every once in a while, there is a true emergency at work -- and a colleague turns hero. By all accounts, that was the case last week when a Chilean mechanic successfully fended off a knife-wielding assailant who was threatening the life of the bus driver, Ruben Sanhueza. In a dramatic encounter, which was caught on video, the 22-year-old bus mechanic, referred to as "Jorge," took it upon himself to attack and beat down the assailant on July 2 while on a packed bus in the central Chilean city of Concepcion. And thanks to Jorge's intervention, the bus employees and passengers remained safe.

As can be seen on the video above, Jorge barely hesitated before jumping into the confrontation; it was as if he were Indiana Jones and happened to be on the scene when such courage was sorely needed. As a report on the Chilean network, TV Chile, noted: "The rest of the riders just observe."

Speaking to TV Chile, Sanhueza expressed gratitude to his co-worker. "Thank God he helped," he said.

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The assailant, who has not been identified in reports, managed to flee the scene after Jorge removed him from the bus. It's also not clear what his motive for threatening the bus driver was. Either way, Jorge and Sanhueza were largely unharmed by the attack; Sanhueza told the television network that he only suffered a small cut on his hand.

Heroism in the workplace happens every day and in every country. Last year, an unemployed New Yorker, Delroy Simmonds, was on his way to a job interview when he saw a stroller, with a baby strapped inside, fall onto subway tracks. The train was only seconds away, and Simmonds jumped on to the tracks, lifted the stroller and baby to safety, and pulled himself up just in time. A few days later, as he was hailed as a hero in New York City, he was hired as a janitor.

South America, however, has been home to other recent and dramatic rescues. In April, video came to light of a Colombian police officer swooping in and yanking a commuter to safety as he attempted to throw himself in front of a moving train. And of course, Chile was the site of perhaps the most dramatic rescue of the young century. Back in 2010, 33 miners in the Chilean city of Copiapo found themselves stuck after their copper-gold mine collapsed on them. The miners were trapped for two months before they were rescued.


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skitzlpk

Good work by this guy but instead of pounding on him, you'd think he would have secured that knife first to prevent the assailant from slashing away. After securing that weapon,, then beat the s&*t out of him!

February 13 2014 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jean Dagul

This moderator's voice is grating. I would hail anyone who'll shut her up, while the news clip is going on, as the real hero.

February 12 2014 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
What's Shakin T

The mechanic should have never stopped beating on him. More people need to step up and start beating the snot out these guys.

July 11 2013 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Velocity105

Chilean people no different then American people...someone get's stabbed, robbed, beaten, raped, just stand and watch....maybe film with cell phone. The girl was screaming for help and the people still just sat there like sheep in a pasture.

July 10 2013 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hoagie58

Odd that she can pronounce Che-lay but not Eckscape, isn't it?

July 10 2013 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jcps271

They should have thrown the attacker under the bus and backed up on his ass more than a few times.

July 10 2013 at 11:49 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
liondog96

What REALLY happened is the driver had a highly poisonous insect on his neck and a passenger tried to kill it with a knife and then he MISSED it...and the bug got loose; thankfully another passenger jumped in punching at the bug crawling all over him.

July 09 2013 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
El Presidente

Great story. I could do without the bubbly talking head, though. Some of us can actually read without having some silly cutsie-face do it for us.

July 09 2013 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jean Dagul

Her voice was grating. I would have hailed anyone who shut her up as the real hero while the news clip was going on.

February 12 2014 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SkinDoc

Sure surprised the robber--kinda like Treyvon Martin discovering ---too late--that the guy he had on the ground pounding him had a wepon. BANG!! ---end of event.

July 09 2013 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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arenadood

Bet the robber will not be bragging to his friends about his crime.

July 09 2013 at 4:37 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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