Bus plunges into Yangtze af­ter crash

Author­i­ties say more than 10 were on board; 2 bod­ies are re­cov­ered

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 4 China - By WANG XIAOYU wangx­i­aoyu@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

At least two peo­ple died af­ter a bus col­lided with an on­com­ing car on a Chongqing bridge and plunged into the Yangtze River on Sun­day morn­ing.

Based on in­quires and footage from sur­veil­lance cam­eras along the route, it was es­ti­mated that the bus was car­ry­ing more than 10 pas­sen­gers at the time of the crash, lo­cal author­i­ties said in a state­ment.

Two bod­ies had been re­cov­ered from the wa­ter as of press time.

An ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that the bus abruptly swerved while on the Sec­ond Yangtze River Bridge in Chongqing’s Wanzhou district, cross­ing the cen­ter of the road into on­com­ing traf­fic and slam­ming into a red sedan.

The bus then broke through the guardrail and plunged into the river.

The driver of the car, iden­ti­fied as Kuang, was taken to the hos­pi­tal with soft tis­sue in­juries. The bus driver, sur­named Ran, is among the miss­ing, the po­lice said.

The cause of the ac­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A res­cue worker at the site said that the bridge stands more than 50 me­ters above the wa­ter and that the bus had sunk 68 me­ters be­low the sur­face.

Fire­fight­ers, pub­lic se­cu­rity of­fi­cials and po­lice of­fi­cers were work­ing on a plan to re­cover the bus.

The Min­istry of Emer­gency Man­age­ment dis­patched 11 pro­fes­sional divers, a med­i­cal worker ca­pa­ble of deep div­ing and a sal­vage boat to as­sist in the res­cue op­er­a­tion.

The four-lane Sec­ond Yangtze River Bridge opened to traf­fic in June 2003. It car­ries a daily av­er­age of more than 60,000 ve­hi­cles and over 200,000 com­muters, ac­cord­ing to the Wanzhou gov­ern­ment.

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