Footage shows cars and motorbikes weaving around the three-year-old child. Video grab: CCTV / Reuters

Lishui City, China - Video of a toddler riding his yellow toy car into oncoming traffic during rush hour in a city in eastern China went viral this week.

The footage shows cars and motorbikes weaving around the three-year-old child in Lishui City before a police officer comes to the rescue.

“It was very dangerous with many large vehicles around him,” said officer Wu Feng, who has been hailed as a hero on social media, ”so without a second thought, I rushed to the kid immediately and took him to the side of the road.”

China's roads are among the deadliest in the world, with more than 10 000 children under the age of 15 dying each year due to road accidents, according to the World Health Organization.

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