Police officer piggybacks elderly man across busy road

A traffic cop has been praised for helping an elderly man cross a busy intersection by giving him a piggyback ride to get him across safely.

Footage of the heart-warming act shows a senior citizen, with two walking sticks in hand, shuffling across a zebra crossing.

He appears to struggle to keep up with the group ahead, as seven lanes of traffic come to a stop while the elderly man slowly navigates the crossing, in China’s southwest on Monday.

Before he was halfway across the lights appeared to change and traffic began to move slowly around him.

The officer, identified as Qin Weijie, approached the senior citizen and the pair had a brief chat before the officer bent over to lift the man up on his back, carrying him across lanes of traffic, as cars paused allowing them to cross.