A private hire driver rescued a toddler he found wandering towards traffic on a busy flyover late at night.
Tareq Elhomsi was on duty when he saw the little girl on the bridge near Hull KCOM stadium at roughly 10pm on Saturday.
The 37-year-old risked his own life to pull onto the wrong side of the road and block traffic, reports Hull Live.
He said: “There was two cars coming towards her on Anlaby Road and there was no way that they could have seen her.
“So I crossed over the traffic lights and up the opposite side of the road and stopped my car in front to avoid the other cars from hitting her.”
Another driver from Ride Cars, who did not want to be named, witnessed Mr Elhomsi’s incredible act of bravery.
He said: “I had my window down and heard someone shouting, ‘get off the road’ and by then I saw a little girl, she must have been about two or three.
“She was on the road skipping right across the junction in front of oncoming traffic. I saw the cars coming over the flyover and I thought, 's***, where’s the mum and dad?'
“Next minute, a car came up from the back of us and drove on the wrong side of the road and blocked it completely. If it were not for him that lass would have probably been dead.”
Tareq, who has been a Hull private hire driver for about 12 years, said in the moment all he could think about was his own kids.
He said: “I didn’t think about myself or my car, I just wanted to save her. I decided very quickly, in a second, and just crossed the other side.
“I got up the bridge and stopped my car right in the middle of the road so the cars coming would hit my car and not the girl.
“I have got three kids and I thought what if it was one of them? It was an awful feeling. I didn’t want to see the cars run her over in front of my eyes.
“We are human. I just wanted to save her.
“I was speaking to police and after about half an hour her mum came and took her.
"She said her daughter just opened the front door and went out. I said at least she is safe now.”
Mr Elhomsi’s bravery did not go unnoticed among his colleagues, as the fellow driver who witnessed the whole thing called up to give him a “pat on the back”.
He said: “If he hadn’t done what he had done, she would probably have been dead. It is something you don’t imagine. The thing with kids at that age is that they’re unpredictable.
“What he did he one hundred per cent deserves a pat on the back.”
Mr Elhomsi added: “I was really proud and so happy to have saved the girl. I could not believe I did it. I just arrived on time to save her. It was instinct.”
Ian Richards, manager at Hull Cars, was full of praise for his colleague.
He said: “I am proud of him. I am hoping anybody would do the same thing.
“There has been some bad press about taxi and private hire drivers and that just shows there are good people.
“As much as you get this "us versus them thing", there is still us drivers together at the end of the day and for another to ring up and praise Tareq is amazing.