Bus plunges into Chinese river after fight between driver and passenger

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early on November 1

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early on November 1

A 10-second clip from the on-board camera released by Chongqing police showed a female passenger yelling at the male driver while he was steering, shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The bus had veered into the wrong lane and collided with an oncoming vehicle in Chongqing on Sunday before it plunged into the Yangtze River. Fifteen people including the driver were on the bus.

Reports in the local media cited by EuroNews say that the woman missed her bus stop and, when she realized it, immediately asked the driver to pull over so she could get off. All 15 people onboard are presumed dead. The video shows the driver engaging with her and even reaching out his hand to hit her, too.

The driver then took his right arm off the steering wheel as he tried to defend himself. The driver of the auto which was hit by the bus was said to have sustained some injuries.

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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.

As the quarrel escalated the woman hit the driver on the head with her smartphone, the statement added.

The bus collided with an oncoming vehicle before smashing through barriers and into the Yangtze River on Sunday. Police believe that both Ran and Liu are responsible for the deadly incident since their physical altercation posed a serious threat to public security, violated China's criminal law, and both are being held accountable for causing the tragedy.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday 13 bodies had been retrieved from the river and two others were still missing.

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