Bus plunges into Yangtze after crash

By Wang Xiaoyu | China Daily | Updated: 2018-10-29 08:52
A diver from the armed police force stationed in Chongqing prepares to search the water on Sunday. [Photo by ZHOU YUKAI/FOR CHINA DAILY]

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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