Many killed as driver, passenger quarrel onboard bus in China

Many killed as driver, passenger quarrel onboard bus in China

Many killed as driver, passenger quarrel onboard bus in China

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 in China released dashcam footage of the fatal bus crash.

Originally, witnesses reported seeing the bus swerve to avoid another vehicle but distressing new footage has emerged showing the real cause of the accident: a fist fight between an irate passenger and the driver.

According to police, the fight started after a female passenger missed her stop and asked the driver to immediately pull over. All 15 people onboard are presumed dead. When he refused, she walked up to the front of the bus to confront him.

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.

In this file photo taken on November 1, 2018, a crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing.

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

Another said that the driver was to blame because he "deliberately turned the wheel to the left".

Authorities ultimately blamed the 42-year-old bus driver for not following safety protocols but found that both the passenger and the driver had broken the law and endangered public safety.

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

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