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

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

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

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.

The bus was travelling at a speed of 51 kmph (31 mph) at the time of the accident, police said, adding that the investigation has ruled out any mechanical failure as a cause of the accident.

Dramatic video footage of Sunday's crash shows a woman striking the driver over the head with an object, prompting him to hit back with one hand.

Dashcam footage from an oncoming vehicle shows the bus veering off its lane, colliding with a auto and smashing through a bridge guardrail before plunging into the river.

China's state-run media released footage recovered from a CCTV camera present on the bus.

The surveillance recording showed that at 10.03am, five minutes before the accident, the woman stood up from her seat, walked up to driver and began cursing him.

According to police, the fight started after a female passenger missed her stop and asked the driver to immediately pull over. At 10.08am, when the bus was on the bridge, the woman hit the driver on the head with her mobile phone. The driver took his right arm off the steering wheel and fought back.

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

The driver then lost control of the bus.

Chongquing police also released dashcam video from a nearby vehicle showing the bus crash.

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

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