Oct 28, 2018, in China, a passenger, Ms. Liu, 48, asked the bus driver, Mr. Ran, 43, to stop the bus immediately when she realized she had missed her stop. The driver refused as there was no bus stop in view, and an argument broke out, Liu hit the driver’s head with her cell phone, and the situation escalated.
The driver’s right hand left the steering wheel during the altercation, which led to the steering wheel turning sharply to the left. The bus driver then lost control and veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming car before breaking through a guardrail and flying off a bridge over the Yangtze River.
70 rescue boats and 86 hours later, the bus was lifted out of water but all 15 people on the bus were found dead. The families of the victims on the bus are expected to seek compensation from the bus operator and the family of the woman who fought with the driver.
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A fight between the bus driver and an angry passenger caused the Chongqing bus to plunge into Yangtze River, said Chongqing police.
Based on the black-box recording device from the bus and other evidence, a female passenger Ms. Liu, 48, missed her stop and asked the driver Mr. Ran, 43, to stop immediately.
After the driver refused to stop, Liu hit the driver’s head with her cell phone. During the fight, Ran lost control of the bus and the vehicle broke through a guardrail and plunged into the river with an estimated 15 passengers on board in Wanzhou, Chongqing.
The bus was lifted out of water.
Zhao Hu, a lawyer, said the family of the victims on the bus have the right to seek compensation from the bus operator and the family of the woman that fought with the driver.
The vehicle swerved suddenly onto the wrong side of the road on the Second Yangtze River Bridge in the city’s Wanzhou district, striking an oncoming sedan before breaking through a guardrail more than 50 meters above the water.
The black-box recording device from the bus was found on and handed over to the local public security bureau. The video was released.
According to the Ministry of Emergency Management, the salvage work was especially difficult because of the small size of the bus, the depth of the water, limited visibility and shifting currents that impeded divers.
The bus came to rest 71 meters below the river’s surface. All the windows of the bus were broken out, and it rested with its nose down at a 30-degree angle several meters from the face of an underwater cliff.
More than 70 rescue boats came to the scene, including three floating cranes with a total capacity of 125 metric tons. Eighteen professional divers are carrying out salvage operations, with another 20 divers serving as backups.
— HYGO News (@HygoNews) November 3, 2018