Bus Drives Off Bridge After Fight Between Driver and Passenger in China

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A fight between a bus driver and a passenger who missed her stop caused the bus to plunge off a high bridge into China's Yangtze River, police said Friday. However, Liu did not get off and later asked the driver to stop the bus when she realised she missed her destination.

The driver is seen hitting her back in the neck and trying to block her blows at the same time, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

Dashcam video from a vehicle on the bridge shows the bus veer into oncoming traffic and collide with a auto before plunging off the side of the bridge.

China's state-run media released footage recovered from a CCTV camera present on the bus.

More than 70 rescue boats were deployed to the scene, reported China Daily.

The official Xinhua News Agency said 13 bodies have been retrieved from the river and two others remain missing.

All those onboard are presumed dead.

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

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.

He refused, and she went on to hit his head with her mobile phone, prompting the driver to strike her back.

The driver then took his right arm off the steering wheel as he tried to defend himself.

Rumours prompted calls to ban female drivers, as the auto that the bus hit was driven by a woman.

The statement concluded that both the passenger and the driver had broken laws for seriously endangering public safety.