Bus crashes into river after passenger and driver fight

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

An irate passenger who missed her bus stop triggered a catastrophe in China, when she attacked the driver - who lost control of the vehicle which plunged into the Yangtze River, killing everyone on board. It doesn't look as if the driver had time even to hit the brakes before the bus went off the bridge.

The video shows the driver and the passenger attacking each other as the vehicle turns into the opposite lane, hits the guardrail and falls off a bridge over the Yangtze River and into the water.

Dashcam footage from an oncoming vehicle shows the bus veering off its lane, colliding with a auto and smashing through a bridge guardrail before plunging into the river.

When the driver refused, the two began shouting and using "aggressive language", police said on their Weibo account - China's equivalent of Twitter.

"The investigation showed that a 48-year-old female passenger, surnamed Liu, planned to get off at a certain stop, but the bus had to make a detour and would not arrive there due to road maintenance", reported China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

A huge rescue operation was mounted with teams of divers and dozens of boats and cranes deployed. All 15 people onboard are presumed dead.

Police said the passenger was angry the driver had missed her stop.

Authorities have recovered thirteen bodies so far but two remain missing.

The driver then took his right arm off the steering wheel as he tried to defend himself. The driver, with one hand on the wheel, hits back.

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

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