From left: Nguyen Thi Minh and Do Thi Lan. Photo: Youtube

Two female railroad workers in Vietnam have been praised after they saved a woman from certain death when they plucked her out of the path of a speeding train.

On the morning of February 12, Phan Thi Cam, 77, walked through a barrier at a railway crossing in Bien Hoa City after it had closed, Viet Nam News reported. As she made her way across the tracks, she tripped and fell face down just as a speeding train was approaching.

Railroad employees Nguyen Thi Minh, 35 and Do Thi Lan, 32, rushed onto the tracks to grab the elderly woman and pluck her to safety only seconds before the train passed through the crossing. The two women, who work for the Saigon Railway Joint Stocks Company, said they initially tried to prevent the elderly pedestrian from crossing the tracks, only to be ignored.

Lan said that saving the woman was just part of her job.

Viet Nam Railway Corporation chairman Vu Anh Minh sent letters to the two, dubbing them heroes for their actions. He also said that railway staff worked hard to ensure the safety of passengers, especially during the intensely busy period of Tet, the Lunar New Year.

“The women acted heroically while facing a life or death situation,” said Minh.

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