Chinese Bus Plunged Into River After Passenger Assaulted Driver

The driver of the bus is hit by a passenger. Pic China Daily

The driver of the bus is hit by a passenger. Pic China Daily

Xinhua News Agency reported a floating crane pulled the wreck out of the river Wednesday night.

A fight between the bus driver and a passenger was to blame for the crash in Chongqing's Wanzhou District, police said on Friday.

The video shows that they exchange more blows before the driver loses control of the bus, strikes a vehicle and careens through the four-lane bridge's railing into the Yangtze.

When she struck him again, he abruptly turned the steering wheel left, swerving into oncoming traffic before crashing into the railings on the side of a bridge - screaming can be heard as the video stops.

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China is still reeling from a tragic incident in which a bus swerved off a bridge, plummeting 60 meters into the icy waters of the Yangtze river, killing all 15 people on board but now shocking footage has revealed the cause.

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.

Fifteen people had been on the bus, including the driver.

Police have said the fight was the cause of the crash, state newspaper China Daily reports.

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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 passenger and driver have been identified by their surname as 48-year-old Liu and 42-year-old Ran, both from Wanzhou, police added.

After he refused, she his his head with her mobile phone.

The driver of the vehicle which was hit by the bus was also injured.

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