China bus crash caused by fight between passenger and driver

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early

Over a dozen people died in China after a woman passenger on a bus got into a verbal and physical fight with the bus driver, causing him to lose control.

In the footage, the passenger appears to lash out at the driver, who in turn retaliates seconds before the bus crashed and plunged into the Yangtze River. CCTV via AP Video A bus driver strikes a passenger moments before the bus plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in Wanzhou in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality.

Local police say the female passenger involved in the fight, a 48-year-old local, went up to the driver and asked to be let out after missing her stop.

The bus plunged 50 metres off the bridge into the Yangtze, China's longest river, in Chongqing city on Sunday.

Witnesses said they saw the bus swerve over to the other side of the road before hitting the barrier and falling into the river, according to BBC. A total of 15 people were on board the bus.

A police statement said a female passenger started quarrelling with the driver after she missed her stop.




The driver's right hand came off the steering wheel during the altercation, which led to the steering wheel turning sharply to the left, the report said.

The surveillance recording showed that at 10.03am, five minutes before the accident, the woman stood up from her seat, walked up to driver and began cursing him.

"The 42-year-old driver, surnamed Ran, told passengers to get off at an earlier stop".

As the quarrel escalated, the woman reportedly hit the driver on the head with her mobile phone.

The bus was pulled out of the river on Wednesday, and divers have so far recovered 13 bodies with two still missing.

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