13 killed after fist fight causes China bus to plunge into river

Footage shows fight between driver and passenger before bus crashes off bridge in China

A row between a bus driver and a passenger caused the vehicle to veer off a bridge and into the Yangtze River at Chongqing in southwest China on Sunday, killing 13 people, police officers said on Friday.

"Fifteen lives were lost in an instant - the lessons from this are very painful", police said as cited by Channel News Asia.

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

Surveillance footage showed the bus veered across the lanes, hit a auto, 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.

"Police said the passenger, identified as a 48-year-old woman with the surname Liu, was angry that the bus had missed her stop", the BBC reports.

More than 70 rescue boats came to the scene, including three floating cranes with a total capacity of 125 tonnes. All 15 people onboard are presumed dead. The driver turned his head back several times arguing.

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

He then seemed to steer heavily to the left when trying to regain control, sending the bus out of control.

Rescuers on Wednesday night pulled the bus from the river.

Another video, taken from a auto travelling in the opposite direction, shows the bus swerving widely on the bridge and crashing through the barricades before its fatal plunge.

Another said it was "heartbreaking" to hear the terrified passengers, while a Weibo user called Liza said there should be a law banning passengers from distracting bus drivers.

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