Chongqing bus plunge caused by fight between driver and passenger

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

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 the bus plunging off a bridge in southwestern China.

The video shows the driver and the passenger attacking each other as the vehicle turns into the opposite lane, hits the guardrail and falls off a bridge over the Yangtze River and into the water.

All those onboard are presumed dead.

According to investigations, the 48-year-old female passenger had missed her stop and asked the driver to stop in the road.

Police also released a surveillance tape that showed what happened inside the vehicle moments before the accident. This made the woman angry, so she advanced to the front of the bus and began yelling at him.

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Dashcam video from a vehicle on the bridge shows the bus veer into oncoming traffic and collide with a auto before plunging off the side of the bridge.

The driver turned his head to face her several times in the argument. He refused, and she went on to hit his head with her mobile phone before they exchanged blows.

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

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. 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 bodies of 13 people were recovered; two remain missing.

Four passengers, who got off earlier, confirmed that a medium-height woman had quarrelled with the driver because she missed her stop, local police said.

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