Bus crashes into river after passenger and driver fight

Footage shows fight between driver and passenger before bus crashes off bridge in China

Footage shows fight between driver and passenger before bus crashes off bridge in China

Police released footage from a camera on the bus showing a passenger screaming at the driver and hitting him with her mobile phone.

Dashboard camera footage from another auto 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.

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

The clip, which was posted on the Weibo social media site, showed a passenger assaulting the driver, which then caused him to lose control.

The investigation showed that a 48-year-old woman passenger, surnamed Liu, planned to get off at a certain stop. China's state newspaper, People's Daily, reports 15 people died in the crash. The video shows the driver engaging with her and even reaching out his hand to hit her, too.

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.

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The driver refused as there was no bus stop in view, and an argument broke out, soon led to a fist fight.

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

The bus then lost control and veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided into an oncoming vehicle before breaking through fencing and flying off a bridge over the river.

The statement concluded that both the passenger and the driver had broken laws for seriously endangering public safety.

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

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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