Fist fight led to bus plunging into China river, police say

A crane salvages the wreckage of a bus after it plunged off a bridge into the Yangtze River in China's southwestern Chongqing early

Surveillance footage showed the bus veered across the lanes, hit a auto, demolished a section of Yangtze River No 2 bridge's barrier and plunged into the river, where the water is about 70 metres [230 feet] deep. A passenger is seen hitting the driver, who hits back, then loses control of the bus, which begins shaking violently, apparently upon impact with something.

The investigation showed that a 48-year-old woman passenger, surnamed Liu, planned to get off at a certain stop.

All those onboard are presumed dead.

As the quarrel escalated, the statement said, the woman hit the driver on the head with her cellphone.

Fifteen people including the driver were thought to be on the bus at the time.

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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.

A bus is lifted out of the Yangtze River by a floating crane in Wanzhou in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality. Authorities are still looking for the remaining two. The driver took his right arm off the steering wheel and fought back.

A police statement said a female passenger started quarrelling with the driver after she missed her stop.

Due to the loss of control of the bus, which was travelling on a bridge in China, the bus swerved widely and hit a auto before crashing through the bridge railing and plunging around 160 feet (that's just just 20 feet shorter than the recently-inaugurated Statue of Unity, by the way) into the river.

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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