Chongqing bus plunge caused by 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

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

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.

Police said they pieced together what happened based on footage from the on-board recorder, which was recovered by divers, as well as 2,300 hours of surveillance videos along the bus route and numerous witness accounts. The video shows the pair swinging at each other, with the driver still attempting to steer the bus in between blows.

According to police investigations, the 48-year-old female passenger surnamed Liu had missed her stop, and asked the driver to stop on the road. All 15 people onboard are presumed dead. She walked up to the driver's seat and scolded him.

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

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A bus is lifted out of the Yangtze River by a floating crane in Wanzhou in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality. She went to hit the driver, who was identified as Ran, with her phone, police said. The driver took his right arm off the steering wheel and fought back.

The bus then lost control and veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided into an oncoming vehicle before breaking through fencing and flying off a bridge over the river.

Thirteen bodies were found after the Sunday night crash, and two people remained missing, Chongqing Police told China Daily Friday morning.

The Wanzhou police statement said the behaviour of the driver and the passenger seriously endangered public safety and violated the law.

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