13 people died after a bus plunged off a bridge in China because a passenger attacked the driver
Thirteen passengers died when a bus plunged off a bridge in southwest China on Sunday because a passenger who missed her stop attacked the driver for not pulling over. The bus fell 164 feet off a bridge into the Yangtze River, near Chongqing city, the BBC and the South China Morning Post reported.
It had been carrying 15 people, including the driver, the Associated Press reported. All are presumed dead. The 48-year-old passenger hit the driver twice over the head with her cell phone for not pulling over at her bus stop, Wanzhou district police said.
The passenger was identified as a woman with the surname Liu, and the driver as a man named Ran, according to the BBC.
New China TV, a subsidiary of China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, shared a video from the bus’ security tape of the moment the passenger hit the driver and a video from an oncoming car’s dashcam of the bus plummeting from the bridge:
Footage from inside the bus shows the woman repeatedly hitting the driver, who turned in his seat, shouted, and, at one point, hit her back.
The dashcam footage shows the bus swerve across two lanes, plow through the bridge’s safety railing, and plunge into the river below. The surveillance video from the bus didn’t show what exactly happened to make the bus swerve and crash through the railing of the bridge.
Other passengers on the bus could be heard screaming in the background. Investigators reclaimed the bus from the riverbed on Wednesday night.
Thirteen people have been found dead. Two remain missing and are presumed dead, the Associated Press reported, citing Xinhua.