Sunday 18 November 2018

Woman who missed stop attacked bus driver before plunge killed 15

 

The effort to recover the bodies from the Yangtze River. Photo: AP
The effort to recover the bodies from the Yangtze River. Photo: AP

Sophia Yan

Police say a brawl between a passenger and a bus driver was the cause of the bus plunging off a bridge in southwestern China.

An eight-second surveillance video posted by Chongqing police on its social media account shows the two got into a fight before the bus veered into the wrong lane and fell off the bridge.

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

The official Xinhua News Agency said 13 bodies have been retrieved from the river and two others remain missing.

Surveillance video footage shows the passenger striking the bus driver with her phone.
Surveillance video footage shows the passenger striking the bus driver with her phone.

No one is believed to have survived.

The bus collided with an oncoming car before smashing through barriers and into the Yangtze River on Sunday.

Rescuers recovered the wreck of the bus on Wednesday night.

Buses in China often have surveillance cameras.

Surveillance video footage shows the bus driver defence himself moments before the bus plunged off a bridge
Surveillance video footage shows the bus driver defence himself moments before the bus plunged off a bridge

A statement from Wanzhou district police said the 48-year-old female passenger asked the driver to pull over after she missed her stop, but he did not.

She walked up to the driver's seat and scolded him. The driver turned his head back several times arguing.

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

The driver took his right arm off the steering wheel and fought back.

He grabbed her arm when she attacked him again, then hastily steered to the left, sending the bus out of control.

The Wanzhou police statement said the behaviour of the driver and the passenger seriously endangered public safety and violated the law.

The Chongqing police also posted dashcam video from a nearby car showing the bus colliding with an oncoming vehicle before smashing through a guardrail and falling into the Yangtze, a major river in the south west of China.

Salvage teams deployed 70 rescue boats and 18 divers to recover the bodies of 13 passengers. Authorities are still looking for the remaining two.

Irish Independent

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