Incredible footage shows a Chinese bus driver fighting a passenger right before he loses control of his bus. On October 28, 2018, the No. 22 bus was traveling across a bridge in the Chongqing Municipality in China, when it crashed into a car and veered off the bridge, plunging into the Yangtze River. Investigators first believed that the bus driver lost control of the bus after he tried to avoid another vehicle. However, new footage shows a fight caused the bus driver to lose control, reports the BBC.
A 48-year-old woman surnamed Liu was mad at the bus driver because he missed her stop. In the video, the bus driver and the woman get into a verbal altercation. They start yelling at each other. She then smacks the man with her phone.
The bus driver retaliates by hitting her back.
She hits him back and that’s when he grabs her arm.
This is when he loses control of the bus. The people start screaming in fear as the bus driver swerves. A loud crash can be heard as the bus crashes through the safety barrier of the bridge. The video then cuts off. The bus plunges 164 ft into the Yangtze River causing the death of all 15 people on the bus.
Another car’s dashboard camera catches the accident from the outside, as it heads towards the bus. The bus is seen abruptly turning to the left crashing into a red vehicle.
The bus breaks through the safety barrier and falls into the river.
A huge rescue operation was activated to see if there were any survivors. 70 rescue boats, 3 floating cranes, 18 professional divers, and 20 backup divers worked the area, reports Asian One. They located the bus around 230 feet under water.
On Wednesday at around 11:30 pm, three days after the bus crashed, giant cranes pulled the bus out of the river.
There were no survivors.
The video can be seen here.
Videos capture the moment a bus in SW China's Chongqing lost control after a driver-passenger fight and plunged into the Yangtze River on Oct. 28, killing 15 people aboard the bus. pic.twitter.com/GztFVgDMOM
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) November 2, 2018
All footage courtesy of People’s Daily, China.