Bus Tragedy Shines Spot­light on Safety

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The Chi­nese pub­lic was shocked af­ter po­lice re­vealed that it was a fight be­tween the driver and a mid­dle-aged fe­male pas­sen­ger that caused a bus cross­ing a bridge in Chongqing to lose con­trol and plunge into the river be­low, killing all 15 of those on board.

The tragedy has drawn at­ten­tion to the all-too fre­quent in­ci­dents of con­flict be­tween bus pas­sen­gers and driv­ers, in­clud­ing pas­sen­gers who at­tack driv­ers ver­bally or phys­i­cally if they miss their stop. Many bus com­pa­nies are now plan­ning to en­close bus cock­pits and are in­struct­ing driv­ers to not en­gage with pas­sen­gers, even if they are pro­voked. Ne­ti­zens ar­gued that these mea­sures are one-sided and ap­pealed to the au­thor­i­ties to deal with un­ruly pas­sen­gers more strictly.

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