It took only a second for a loving elderly couple to be separated by life and death.
A 73-year-old Taiwanese man surnamed Weng was heading out to do some morning exercises with his wife when tragedy struck on early Thursday morning (Sept 7).
They were crossing the road at a traffic junction in Taipei when a bus crashed into them, Apple Daily reported.
Weng's wife, 70, noticed the impending danger and reflexively pushed her husband out of harm's way, Taiwanese media reported.
But she was struck by the bus and died in the hospital from grave head injuries.
Although Weng suffered light injuries, he is reported to be in a critical condition due to internal bleeding.
The couple had been using a zebra crossing at the time of the accident, but the bus driver, who is suspected of being distracted while driving, claimed that they were in his blind spot when he made a left turn into the road.
By the time he noticed them, it was already too late to hit the brakes. However, there is doubt over the driver's claims, as video footage from the vehicle's dashboard camera showed that they were within the driver's sight.
After the accident, the stunned driver hurriedly made calls to his company to report the accident.
Local residents told EBC News that the couple had been married for over 40 years and have a son and a daughter. They were described as a loving couple who often went out together.