Passenger's fight with driver leads to bus crash killing 15 in China

Rescuers conduct search and rescue operation at the site where a bus has plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in Wanzhou on October 28

A video retrieved from the black box of the bus shows a passenger scuffling with the driver moments before the crash.

Rescue workers and boats on the site where a public bus plunged into the Yangtze River after colliding with a vehicle in Chongqing, China on Oct 28, 2018. 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.

Police said the passenger, identified as a 48-year-old woman with the surname Liu, was angry that the bus had missed her stop. All 15 people onboard are presumed dead.

According to the Ministry of Emergency Management, the salvage work was especially hard because of the small size of the bus, the depth of the water, limited visibility and shifting currents that impeded divers. It doesn't look as if the driver had time even to hit the brakes before the bus went off the bridge.

The bus was lifted out of the water on Wednesday night.

A police statement said a female passenger started quarrelling with the driver after she missed her stop.

In response, the driver takes a hand off the steering wheel and grapples with the woman for a couple of seconds. Thirteen bodies have been found and two were still missing, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The bus collided with an oncoming auto before smashing through the guardrail and into the Yangtze River on Sunday.

Police said on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, a brawl between a passenger and a bus driver was the cause of the bus plunging off a bridge and killing more than a dozen people in southwestern China on Sunday.

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