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Child falls out of moving van

Toddler runs in middle of the road as vehicles speed past

It was a terrifying moment.

A family van was cruising along a road in Suzhou City in China's Jiangsu Province on Saturday when the boot opened suddenly and a toddler fell out of the vehicle and landed in the middle of the road.

The toddler then got up and began to walk on the road as traffic sped past him.

The boy seemed desperate to get back into the van, Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post reported.

In-car camera footage showed the child getting to his feet and running after the van.

A person in the car behind was heard shouting: "There's a child, my goodness!"

The car managed to avoid hitting the boy.

The boy was rescued by the car's driver and was reunited with his family, Xinhua reported.

His relieved grandfather, Mr Yang Defu, told a local news station that the boy had been sitting in the passenger seat before he climbed into the boot of the van and fell out through the tailgate.

Mr Yang reportedly told his grandson's rescuers that he was really grateful that they saved the boy from potentially "disastrous consequences".

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He said: "I was waiting at the red light. After passing the intersection, a car chased after me and kept sounding the horn.

"The driver told me a kid had fallen out of my van. I looked back, parked my van and went back to search for my grandson."

There was an outcry from social media users after the video footage was shared on Weibo, the Chinese microblogging service.

The hashtag #YourKidIsThrownAway began trending and viewers questioned why the boy had not been sitting in a child car seat.

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