Over a dozen people died in China after a woman passenger on a bus got into a verbal and physical fight with the bus driver, causing him to lose control. CCTV via AP Video A bus driver strikes a passenger moments before the bus plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in Wanzhou in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality.
China is still reeling from a tragic incident in which a bus swerved off a bridge, plummeting 60 meters into the icy waters of the Yangtze river, killing all 15 people on board but now shocking footage has revealed the cause.
The 42-year-old driver, surnamed Ran, told her to get off at an earlier stop.
Suddenly, the bus swerved onto the wrong side of the road before striking another auto, breaking through a guardrail and plunging into the river in Wanzhou, Chongqing.
Bus surveillance video - obtained by Chongqing Police - as well as other evidence, shows that a 48-year-old female passenger, only identified by her last name, Liu, missed her stop and asked the driver to stop immediately, the outlet reported. The driver turned his head back several times arguing.
Police said the passenger was angry the driver had missed her stop. At 10.08am, when the bus was on the bridge, the woman hit the driver on the head with her mobile phone.
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 pulled out of the river, but two remain missing. He then swung his right arm at her trying to ward off the attack.
The Wanzhou police statement said the behaviour of the driver and the passenger seriously endangered public safety and violated the law.