A team of post-90s railway conductors used freight trains to stabilize a bridge as flood waters raged underneath.
Two freight trains weighing a total 8,000 tons were placed on the steel Fujiang River Bridge on Wednesday to secure the structure as heavy rainfall pounded Southwest China's Sichuan Province, media reported.
"I felt like I was driving a train into the flood. The water was almost as high as the tracks. I was under a lot of pressure," said one of the four conductors.
Zhang Qiang, another conductor, said precision, skill and intense concentration were needed to pull off what was a six-hour operation before the waters receded.
"At the time I couldn't think about fear or the possible dangers. Afterwards, I did feel afraid because the bridge could have collapsed at any time," said Qiang.
"But even this was the case, I still would have accepted the challenge."
Railway authorities said this was the first time such a method was used since the bridge was built in 1953.