Bus recovered 4 days after deadly plunge off Chinese bridge

Bus recovered 4 days after deadly plunge off Chinese bridge

Bus recovered 4 days after deadly plunge off Chinese bridge

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.

The wreck was pulled out of the river on Wednesday night by a floating crane.

According to the China Daily, a female passenger named Liu had missed her stop and asked the driver to stop immediately.

Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced.

The bus suddenly veered into the wrong lane and collided with an oncoming vehicle on Sunday in Chongqing before it drove off the bridge.

The surveillance recording showed that at 10.03am, five minutes before the accident, the woman stood up from her seat, walked up to driver and began cursing him. There were 15 people on the bus, authorities said. The driver turned his head back several times arguing.

According to the Ministry of Emergency Management, the salvage work was especially hard because of the small size of the bus, the depth of the water, limited visibility and shifting currents that impeded divers. The bodies of 13 people were recovered; two remain missing.

She first struck him with her hands before launching her cell phone at his head, at which he point he lost control of the vehicle and swerved hard to the left before swinging back in the other direction.

The driver then took his right arm off the steering wheel as he tried to defend himself.

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 statement concluded that both the passenger and the driver had broken laws for seriously endangering public safety.

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