Footage captured on surveillance camera from Quanzhou City in east China's Fujian province shows a delivery van pulling over in front of a house. The child is seen sitting with his mother and others outside the house.
As the boy's mother walks over to the driver to collect her package, her son follows her and walks right in front of the van. Not realising the three-year-old is in front of him, the man behind the wheel drives the van over him.
The mother and other people only become aware of the incident after the child emerges from under the vehicle. A few bystanders run towards the toddler and pick him up.
Fortunately, the child wasn't injured in the accident, reported CGTN.
Watch the horrifying video here:
(Disclaimer: Following visuals could be disturbing for certain audiences)
According to World Health Organisation (WHO) data from 2016, 700 people are killed in road accidents in China each year, of which 60% are vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists.
Earlier in November, a biker trying to switch lanes on a busy road was dragged by a truck for several metres but surprisingly emerged from under the truck with just minor injuries.
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