Video footage inside the Chongqing bus that drove off the Yangtze No.2 Bridge is absolutely shocking.
The bus was recovered four days after the heavy vehicle plunged into China’s famous Yangtze River. Initial reports of the accident estimated 10 or more people were inside the bus before driving through oncoming traffic and into the river. According to BBC, the death toll is up to 13 with two bodies still missing.
The cause of the accident has now been determined with video capturing an altercation moments before the crash. Watch below (VPN off):
One of the rescue workers who reported to the scene, Zhou Xiaobo, had a very heavy heart on this particular mission. According to China Daily, Zhou’s father was one of the passengers on the bus on that fateful day. “I am heartbroken, but I can’t stop my rescue work. I hoped I could do something to find him,” Zhou said, just eight months after his mother had passed away. He did have the opportunity to see his father one last time, confirming the identity of the 76-year-old man who raised him. “I wish I could have saved him to tell him I love him very much.”
In light of the incident, Weibo users have questioned whether barriers are needed between bus drivers and passengers. One netizen wrote, “I suggest public buses should install a protective fence, that way passengers and drivers are unable to come into contact.” Another person posted, “All public buses and taxis should be allocated with a separate compartment.”
[Cover image: screengrab via QQ Video]