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

03 November, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Rescuers conduct search and rescue operation at the site where a bus has plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in Wanzhou on October 28

A woman who attacked a bus driver after she missed her stop was partially responsible for a dramatic crash in southwestern China which killed all 15 people on board, an investigation by Chinese authorities revealed Friday.

An eight-second surveillance video released by Chongqing city police on its Weibo social media account shows the two arguing and grappling with each other in the moments before the bus suddenly veered across oncoming traffic and off the bridge Sunday morning.

A floating crane pulled the wreckage of the bus from the river, Wednesday evening, after it sank to a reported depth of 70 meters (230 feet) underwater.

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.

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The former video shows the driver and a woman in the middle of a heavy verbal and physical altercation.

Suddenly, the bus swerved onto the wrong side of the road before striking another auto, breaking through a guardrail and plunging into the river in Wanzhou, Chongqing.

The driver of the vehicle that was hit by the bus before it went off the bridge was said to have sustained some injuries but is OK.

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

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The driver, whose left hand was on the steering wheel all the time, used his right hand to turn the bus, taking the vehicle, at a speed of 51kph, into the opposite lane.

The driver then hastily steered to the left, sending the bus out of control.

The statement concluded that both the passenger and the driver had broken laws for seriously endangering public safety. Fifteen people including the driver were on the bus.

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