13 killed after fist fight causes China bus to plunge into river

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Fifteen people are feared dead after a bus in the Chinese city of Chongqing plunged from a bridge into the Yangtze River during a fight between the driver and a woman who missed her stop, police said.

The wreckage of the bus was pulled out of the river from a depth of 71m on Wednesday night.

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.

The driver then suddenly yanks the wheel hard to the left and the bus veers onto incoming traffic, striking a vehicle before breaking through the rails of the bridge crossing the Yangtze River, in the southwest city of Chongqing. He refused, and she went on to hit his head with her mobile phone before they exchanged blows.

Thirteen bodies were found and two people were listed as missing.

Police examined nearly 2,300 hours of surveillance videos along the bus route to determine the cause of the accident which gripped the nation.

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"If the lady didn't physically attack the driver, would this accident still happen to Route 22 bus?" one user wrote.

Police also posted dashcam video from a nearby auto showing the bus colliding with an oncoming vehicle before smashing through a guardrail and falling into the Yangtze.

More than 70 rescue boats came to the scene, including three floating cranes with a total capacity of 125 tonnes.

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

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.