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
Image The bus plunged into the river and was salvaged four days later

03 November, 2018

A woman who attacked a bus driver after missing her stop caused a bus to plunge into the river, killing all 15 passengers on board, Chinese authorities have said.

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early on November 1, 2018.

Moments later the bus veered across oncoming traffic and off the bridge and into the Yangtze River.

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

Police said the passenger was angry the driver had missed her stop.

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The authorities said they reached their conclusion after studying more than 2,300 hours of surveillance recordings, 220 dashcam video clips, and interviewed the drivers and passengers of 160 vehicles around the site before and after the incident.

The bus plunged 50 metres off the bridge into the Yangtze, China's longest river, in Chongqing city on Sunday. However, Liu did not get off and later asked the driver to stop the bus when she realised she missed her destination.

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

The driver turned his head to face her several times in the argument.

The bus was pulled out of the river on Wednesday, and divers have so far recovered 13 bodies with two still missing. At one point, she took out her phone and started hitting him on the head with it. "The driver's right hand came off the steering wheel during the altercation, which led to the steering wheel turning sharply to the left".

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