Bus plunges into river in China, after fight between driver and passenger

Bus plunges into river in China, after fight between driver and passenger

Bus plunges into river in China, after fight between driver and passenger

China is still reeling from a tragic incident in which a bus swerved off a bridge, plummeting 60 meters into the icy waters of the Yangtze river, killing all 15 people on board but now shocking footage has revealed the cause.

The driver of the No 22 bus, a 42-year-old man, quarrelled with a female passenger after she blamed him for missing her stop, according to Chongqing police's news feed on Sina Weibo, China's popular social media platform.

Authorities confirmed that at least 13 people have been killed after the bus veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming vehicle before smashing through roadside barriers and flying off a bridge in Chongqing's Wanzhou District last Sunday.

In this file photo taken on November 1, 2018, a crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing. China's state newspaper, People's Daily, reports police have now say the fight was the cause of the crash. The footage shows the fight between the driver and the woman.

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A Wanzhou police statement said the driver and the passenger broke the law with their actions because they seriously endangered public safety. The driver, with one hand on the wheel, hits back.

Chongquing police also released dashcam video from a nearby vehicle showing the bus crash. A few seconds into the video, a woman is hitting the bus driver on his head with a phone.

Thirteen bodies have been pulled out of the river, but two remain missing.

When she struck him again, he abruptly turned the steering wheel left, swerving into oncoming traffic before crashing into the railings on the side of a bridge - screaming can be heard as the video stops.

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