Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Fight between driver and passenger causes deadly crash in China

Fight between driver and passenger causes deadly crash in China

All those onboard are presumed dead.

Shocking footage has been released of the moment a bus veered off a bridge in China, killing at least 13 people. The driver of the vehicle which was hit by the bus was said to have sustained some injuries.

Police examined nearly 2,300 hours of surveillance videos along the bus route to determine the cause of the accident which gripped the nation.

Police said the passenger was angry the driver had missed her stop. She walked up to the driver's seat and scolded him. The driver turned his head back several times during the argument.

In response, the driver takes a hand off the steering wheel and grapples with the woman for a couple of seconds. A passenger is seen hitting the driver, who hits back, then loses control of the bus, which begins shaking violently, apparently upon impact with something.

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.

Due to the loss of control of the bus, which was travelling on a bridge in China, the bus swerved widely and hit a auto before crashing through the bridge railing and plunging around 160 feet (that's just just 20 feet shorter than the recently-inaugurated Statue of Unity, by the way) into the river.

Authorities ultimately blamed the 42-year-old bus driver for not following safety protocols but found that both the passenger and the driver had broken the law and endangered public safety.

Rescuers on Wednesday night pulled the bus from the river. Two passengers remain missing, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

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