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On 28 October 2018 at 10:02 AM, a bus plunged 50 metres (164 ft) off the Second Wanzhou Yangtze River Bridge into the Yangtze River in Wanzhou District, Chongqing, China. At least thirteen people died and two are missing.[2] Since 15 people were onboard at the time of the crash, it is believed that there are no survivors.

2018 Chongqing bus crash
Location of the accident is located in Chongqing
Location of the accident
Location of the accident
The location in Chongqing where the accident occurred
Details
Date28 October 2018
Time10:02 AM China Standard Time (UTC+8)
LocationSecond Wanzhou Yangtze River Bridge, Wanzhou District, Chongqing, China
CountryChina
LineNo. 22 Wanzhou Public Bus
Incident typePlunge from bridge
CauseDriver distracted by altercation with passenger
Statistics
Passengers15, including the driver[1]
Deaths13 deaths, 2 missing[1]
Injuries1 (in another car)
External video
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiJK1aDWmfQ, Police: Chongqing Bus Tragedy Caused by Fight Between Driver and Passenger - Footage of Attack and Accident
Second Wanzhou Yangtze River Bridge, taken in 2012, where the bus crash occurred.

CrashEdit

At approximately 10:02 AM, the bus, travelling at high speed, turned into the opposite lane and smashed through the safety barriers, before the footage cuts out. Footage showed the bus swerving on to the wrong side of the road before falling into the water.

First reports indicated that the bus had swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle; however, later footage shows the driver was hit by a female passenger and then struck her back.[2] Local police have said the fight was the cause of the crash. Police said in a statement that the pair began arguing when the driver refused to let her off the bus after she missed her stop. The footage shows the pair gesturing at each other before the woman hits the driver in the face with her mobile phone.[1][3]

Chinese authorities were able to eventually determine what happened based on the vehicle's black-box recording, witness accounts and other surveillance videos along the bus route.[4][5][6][7]

RecoveryEdit

Divers have so far recovered 13 bodies following a huge rescue operation using a floating crane to recover the wreckage. Two people remain missing.[8]

Zhao Hu, a lawyer, told Chinese state media that the families of the crash victims could seek damages from the relatives of the bus operator and the female passenger who started the fight. The police have said both the passenger and the driver broke laws by endangerment of public safety.[9]

Zheng Chuankai, a lawyer with Anli Partners in Beijing, said the incident underscored the need to maintain strict laws to punish those who endanger public safety. “This case is very typical and very vicious,” he said.[10]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b Zhang, Phoebe (November 5, 2018). "Fresh attacks on Chinese bus drivers trigger bout of soul-searching". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  3. ^ Liangyu, ed. (2018-10-28). "Bus blamed for fatal crash in Chongqing". Xinhuanet. Archived from the original on 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "Chongqing bus plunge caused by fight between driver and passenger". BBC News. 2018-11-02. Archived from the original on 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ Alice Yan (2018-11-02). "Watch: how an angry passenger caused a bus crash in China". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ Liang Chenyu (2018-11-02). David Paulk (ed.). "Passenger-Driver Fight Caused Chongqing Bus Accident, Police Say". Sixth Tone. Archived from the original on 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "Bus plunges into Chinese river after fight between driver and passenger". The Guardian. 2018-11-02. Archived from the original on 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Peter Stubley (2018-11-02). "Bus plunged off bridge in China after passenger fought with driver over missed stop, police say". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ Yan, Sophia (2018-11-02). "Chinese bus drove off bridge and sank after passenger attacked driver, video shows". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ Javier C. Hernández; Albee Zhang (2018-11-02). "Fury Erupts in China as Video Shows Fight Led to Fatal Bus Crash". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-11-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)