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Video Shows Heated Altercation Between Passenger And Driver Moments Before Bus Careens Off Bridge
A 48-year-old female passenger, allegedly been upset she missed her stop, tussled with the driver, who then lost control of the vehicle as it plunged into the Yangtze River.
Haunting video captures a heated argument between a passenger and a bus driver moments before the bus swerves across lanes of traffic and plunges off a bridge into China's Yangtze River below, presumably killing all 15 people on board.
In the video, which was posted by the Chongqing city police on its Weibo social media account and obtained by NBC News, the driver of the bus can be seen arguing with a 48-year-old woman, who had allegedly missed her stop and wanted the bus to pull over.
When the driver refused, the woman walked up to the driver's seat and continued to argue with the driver, who can be seen repeatedly turning his head several times to argue with her.
The woman then hits the driver on the head with her cellphone and the driver can be seen taking his arm off the steering wheel to fight back and grab her arm. She attacks him again and the bus is hastily steered to the left, according to the Associated Press, who cited a police statement.
A separate video taken from the dashcam of a nearby car, shows the bus crashing through oncoming traffic and plunging off the end of the bridge into the river below. The bus fell 164 ft into the water below, the BBC reports.
After the crash, extensive rescue efforts were launched but there were no known survivors.
Police said the behavior of the passenger and driver both seriously endangered public safety and violated the law.
The bus was pulled from the river Wednesday night and 13 of the bodies have been recovered. Two of the victims are still missing, the AP reports.
[Photo: Associated Press]