The Buzz | Bus recovered 4 days after deadly plunge off Chinese bridge


A scuffle between a driver and a passenger caused their bus to plunge from a bridge into a river in southwest China, killing at least 13 people, police said Friday. Police have recovered 13 bodies, and two people remain missing.

The bus collided with an oncoming auto before smashing through barriers and into the Yangtze River on Sunday. China's state newspaper, People's Daily, reports 15 people died in the crash.

The surveillance recording showed that at 10.03am, five minutes before the accident, the woman stood up from her seat, walked up to driver and began cursing him.

Rescuers on Wednesday night pulled the bus from the river.

A 10-second clip from the on-board camera released by Chongqing police showed a female passenger yelling at the male driver while he was steering, shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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The driver turned his head to face her several times in the argument.

When the 43-year-old driver, also identified by his last name, Ran, refused, Liu hit him over he head with her cell phone. "The driver's right hand came off the steering wheel during the altercation, which led to the steering wheel turning sharply to the left". The video shows the pair swinging at each other, with the driver still attempting to steer the bus in between blows.

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

Four passengers, who got off earlier, confirmed that a medium-height woman had quarrelled with the driver because she missed her stop, local police said.