Woman fought with driver, causing bus to fall in China river

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Based on the black box recording device from the bus and other evidence, a female passenger surnamed Liu, 48, missed her stop and asked the driver surnamed Ran, 43, to stop immediately, Chongqing police said on Friday morning (Nov 2).

Shocking footage has emerged of the moments before a bus plunged 60 metres off a bridge in China on Sunday, showing a passenger fighting with the driver.

Dashcam footage from an oncoming vehicle then shows the bus veering off its lane, colliding with a auto and smashing through a bridge guardrail before plunging into the river. The driver responds with a blow of his own and then grapples with the woman briefly before suddenly sharply turning the wheel to the left, causing the bus to crash into oncoming traffic, smash through a wall, and fall into the Yangzte as passengers scream in terror.

The footage, distributed by state media, was retrieved from the bus's video recorder.

For days after the accident, the No. 22 bus lay at the bottom of the Yangtze River - in waters more than 70 meters (230 feet) deep.

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After he refused, she his his head with her mobile phone. But there have been no reports of survivors.

Rescuers lifted the wreck of the bus from the river on Wednesday night.

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

Another said it was "heartbreaking" to hear the terrified passengers, while a Weibo user called Liza said there should be a law banning passengers from distracting bus drivers.

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