Video shows bus in China plunging off bridge after woman attacked driver

02 November, 2018, 20:08 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early

Police said they pieced together what happened based on footage from the on-board recorder, which was recovered by divers, as well as 2,300 hours of surveillance videos along the bus route and numerous witness accounts.

A 10-second clip from the on-board camera released by Chongqing police showed a female passenger yelling at the male driver while he was steering, shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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

Officials said more than a dozen people were on the bus at the time of the crash.

13 people were confirmed killed in the incident, while two are still missing. Four passengers who got off the bus confirmed that a 48-year-old woman argued with the driver because she had missed her stop. This made the woman angry, so she advanced to the front of the bus and began yelling at him.

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When the 43-year-old driver, also identified by his last name, Ran, refused, Liu hit him over he head with her cell phone. The driver's right hand came off the steering wheel during the altercation, which led to the steering wheel turning sharply to the left, the report said. He then lost control of the bus.

The recordings clarified the events leading up to the accident and answered speculation on Chinese social media, police said.

The Chongqing police also posted dashcam video from a nearby auto showing the bus colliding with an oncoming vehicle before smashing through a guardrail and falling into the Yangtze, a major river in southwestern China.

The vehicle driver was detained by police and later released without charge.

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