Woman fights driver, causing bus to fall in China river

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

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

An irate passenger who missed her bus stop triggered a catastrophe in China, when she attacked the driver - who lost control of the vehicle which plunged into the Yangtze River, killing everyone on board.

An eight-second surveillance video released by Chongqing city police on its Weibo social media account shows the two arguing and grappling with each other Sunday morning.

A floating crane pulled the wreckage of the bus from the river, Wednesday evening, after it sank to a reported depth of 70 meters (230 feet) underwater. 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.

Police in China released dashcam footage of the fatal bus crash.

Surveillance footage showed the bus veered across the lanes, hit a vehicle, demolished a section of Yangtze River No 2 bridge's barrier and plunged into the river, where the water is about 70 metres [230 feet] deep.

When she struck him again, he abruptly turned the steering wheel left, swerving into oncoming traffic before crashing into the railings on the side of a bridge - screaming can be heard as the video stops. At 10.08am, when the bus was on the bridge, the woman hit the driver on the head with her mobile phone.

As the quarrel escalated, the statement said, the woman hit the driver on the head with her cellphone. He then swung his right arm at her trying to ward off the attack.

The statement concluded that both the passenger and the driver had broken laws for seriously endangering public safety. There were 15 people on the bus, authorities said. Thirteen bodies have been found and two remain missing, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

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