Bus seen crashing off Chinese bridge after fight between passenger and driver

Minnie Murray
November 2, 2018

The driver then suddenly yanks the wheel hard to the left and the bus veers onto incoming traffic, striking a vehicle before breaking through the rails of the bridge crossing the Yangtze River, in the southwest city of Chongqing.

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.

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

Rescue workers and boats on the site where a public bus plunged into the Yangtze River after colliding with a vehicle in Chongqing, China on Oct 28, 2018.

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. Approximately 15 people were on board, cops said. The video shows the driver engaging with her and even reaching out his hand to hit her, too.


Rescue teams, including more than 70 salvage vessels, underwater drones and floating cranes, were sent to the site.

The driver turned his head to face her several times in the argument. The bodies of 13 people were recovered; two remain missing. At 10.08am, when the bus was on the bridge, the woman hit the driver on the head with her mobile phone.

Chongquing police also released dashcam video from a nearby auto showing the bus crash.

"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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