Fist fight between bus driver and passenger caused deadly crash in Chongqing

The driver of the bus is hit by a passenger. Pic China Daily

This is the moment a bus crashed into a river, killing all 15 people onboard, after a fight between the driver and a passenger.

The authorities said they reached their conclusion after studying more than 2,300 hours of surveillance recordings, 220 dashcam video clips, and interviewed the drivers and passengers of 160 vehicles around the site before and after the incident.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday 13 bodies had been retrieved from the river and two others were still missing.

The 48-year-old woman then attacked the driver with her cell phone, while he fought back with his right arm.

All those onboard are presumed dead.

Police said the passenger was angry the driver had missed her stop.

It crossed traffic, struck another auto, and plummeted from the bridge into the river below.

Police examined nearly 2,300 hours of surveillance videos along the bus route to determine the cause of the accident which gripped the nation. The driver turned his head back several times arguing.

After the driver refused to stop, Liu hit the driver's head with her cellphone. This seems to be the moment the driver realised he had lost control of his vehicle.

The bus was lifted out of the water on Wednesday night.

Another video, taken from a auto travelling in the opposite direction, shows the bus swerving widely on the bridge and crashing through the barricades before its fatal plunge.

"The behaviour of both the passenger and driver has severely endangered the safety of all other passengers and has violated the law, ' police said, adding the tragedy served as an 'extremely painful lesson".

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