Chinese Bus Plunged Into River After Passenger Assaulted Driver

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The driver of the No 22 bus, a 42-year-old man, quarrelled with a female passenger after she blamed him for missing her stop, according to Chongqing police's news feed on Sina Weibo, China's popular social media platform.

Police in China released dashcam footage of the fatal bus crash. The driver responds with a blow of his own and then grapples with the woman briefly before suddenly sharply turning the wheel to the left, causing the bus to crash into oncoming traffic, smash through a wall, and fall into the Yangzte as passengers scream in terror.

Reports in the local media cited by EuroNews say that the woman missed her bus stop and, when she realized it, immediately asked the driver to pull over so she could get off.

All those onboard are presumed dead. The video shows the driver engaging with her and even reaching out his hand to hit her, too. It doesn't look as if the driver had time even to hit the brakes before the bus went off the bridge.

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

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When he refused, the woman became enraged and hit him with her mobile phone before the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Rescuers lifted the wreck of the bus from the river on Wednesday night.

Authorities confirmed that at least 13 people have been killed after the bus veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming auto before smashing through roadside barriers and flying off a bridge in Chongqing's Wanzhou District last Sunday.

The Wanzhou police statement said the behaviour of the driver and the passenger seriously endangered public safety and violated the law.