China bus plunged off bridge after woman attacked driver

02 November, 2018, 18:08 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early

Surveillance footage showed the bus veered across the lanes, hit a vehicle, demolished a section of Yangtze River No 2 bridge's barrier and plunged into the river, where the water is about 70 metres [230 feet] deep.

Authorities have released footage of the accident, as recovered from the bus' black box.

Originally, witnesses reported seeing the bus swerve to avoid another vehicle but distressing new footage has emerged showing the real cause of the accident: a fist fight between an irate passenger and the driver.

The investigation showed that a 48-year-old woman passenger, surnamed Liu, planned to get off at a certain stop. All 15 people onboard are presumed dead.

In response, the driver takes a hand off the steering wheel and grapples with the woman for a couple of seconds.

Rescue teams, including more than 70 salvage vessels, underwater drones and floating cranes, were sent to the site. At 10.08am, when the bus was on the bridge, the woman hit the driver on the head with her mobile phone.


Another said that the driver was to blame because he "deliberately turned the wheel to the left".

Dashcam footage from an oncoming vehicle shows the bus veering off its lane, colliding with a auto and smashing through a bridge guardrail before plunging into the river.

By Thursday, 13 bodies were found and identified, said the police.

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

Police said on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, a brawl between a passenger and a bus driver was the cause of the bus plunging off a bridge and killing more than a dozen people in southwestern China on Sunday.

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