Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

China bus tragedy result of fist fight between driver and female passenger

China bus tragedy result of fist fight between driver and female passenger

Dashboard camera footage from another vehicle nearby, released earlier, had shown the bus charge onto the wrong side of the road without warning before hitting the railings of the Wanzhou Yangtze No. 2 Bridge and plunging into the river.

Police divers recovered the bus surveillance camera on Wednesday.

The second video shows the moment the bus swerved on the bridge, getting out of its lane and into oncoming traffic.

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.

Suddenly, the bus swerved onto the wrong side of the road before striking another vehicle, breaking through a guardrail and plunging into the river in Wanzhou, Chongqing. There were 15 people on the bus, authorities said. The driver turned his head back several times during the argument. This made the woman angry, so she advanced to the front of the bus and began yelling at him.

A search and rescue operation was launched on the Yangtze river near Chongqing in southwest China on October 28.

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

The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday 13 bodies had been retrieved from the river and two others were still missing.

The woman then used her mobile phone to strike the driver's shoulder, while the driver used his right hand to stop her attack and restrain her. Police believe that both Ran and Liu are responsible for the deadly incident since their physical altercation posed a serious threat to public security, violated China's criminal law, and both are being held accountable for causing the tragedy.

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