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Wednesday 18 September 2019

China bus crash caused by fight between passenger and driver

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

CCTV footage shows a passenger striking a bus driver with an object moments before it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River (CCTV via AP Video)
CCTV footage shows a passenger striking a bus driver with an object moments before it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River (CCTV via AP Video)

By Associated Press Reporter

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. 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.

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The bus is lifted out of the Yangtze River (Wang Quanchao/Xinhua via AP, File)

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.

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