Fist fight between bus driver and passenger caused deadly crash in Chongqing

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early

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.

Buses in China often have surveillance cameras.

Xinhua News Agency reported that a floating crane pulled the wreck out of the river on Wednesday night.

CCTV from on-board the bus shows how a passenger appeared to lash out at the driver, who in turn retaliated, seconds before the bus crashed and plunged into the Yangtze River.

A scuffle between a driver and a passenger caused their bus to plunge from a bridge into a river in southwest China, killing at least 13 people, police said Friday. When he refused, she walked up to the front of the bus to confront him.

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She first struck him with her hands before launching her cell phone at his head, at which he point he lost control of the vehicle and swerved hard to the left before swinging back in the other direction.

Authorities have recovered thirteen bodies so far but two remain missing.

The bus suddenly veered into the wrong lane and collided with an oncoming vehicle on Sunday in Chongqing before it drove off the bridge. A previous investigation found that 15 people including the driver were on board the bus at the time.

The Wanzhou police statement said the behaviour of the driver and the passenger seriously endangered public safety and violated the law. The driver took his right arm off the steering wheel and fought back.

The passenger and driver have been identified by their surname as 48-year-old Liu and 42-year-old Ran, both from Wanzhou, police added.

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