How an angry passenger caused a bus crash in China

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

Police say a brawl between a passenger and a bus driver was the cause of a bus plunging off a bridge in southwestern China.

"Fifteen lives were lost in an instant - the lessons from this are very painful", police said as cited by Channel News Asia.

Video of the incident released Friday appears to show a passenger striking the driver in the face, prompting him to hit back before veering into oncoming traffic and barreling through barriers on the side of the bridge. China's state newspaper, People's Daily, reports 15 people died in the crash.

When the driver refused, the two began shouting and using "aggressive language", police said on their Weibo account - China's equivalent of Twitter.

The investigation showed that a 48-year-old woman passenger, surnamed Liu, planned to get off at a certain stop. The driver turned his head back several times arguing.

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




Authorities have recovered thirteen bodies so far but two remain missing.

He then seemed to steer heavily to the left when trying to regain control, sending the bus out of control.

The bus suddenly veered into the wrong lane and collided with an oncoming auto on Sunday in Chongqing before it drove off the bridge.

Xinhua News Agency reported that a floating crane pulled the wreck out of the river on Wednesday night.

"The behaviour of both the passenger and driver has severely endangered the safety of all other passengers and has violated the law, ' police said, adding the tragedy served as an 'extremely painful lesson".

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