A bus on Wednesday plunged into a river after it lost control in a head-on collision with an oncoming SUV in Changzhou City, East China’s Jiangsu Province.
Four passengers on board the bus were lightly injured in the accident, according to local authorities.
The No. 111 bus, which was en route its daily commute when the accident happened, was severely damaged, with its windscreen breaking into pieces.
Staff from the public transportation company owning the bus recalled the horrific moment when the SUV expectedly drove into the opposite lane where the bus was driving at normal speed and hit it.
“We were driving from west to east at normal speed. Then the white car suddenly ran into our bus. The impact force from the car pushed us into the river. It was rainy and the road was slippery. We couldn’t stop the bus, and ended up like this,” said Zhou Xiaolong, Manager, the No.3 Bus Company.
Both the drivers and two passengers on the bus were lightly injured. The drivers have been discharged from hospital after receiving treatments while the two passengers are still under observation at the hospital.
“With a ‘swoop’ we fell into the river. [The water] was up to my shoulder as we all sat in the bus, actually if we stood up, the water should be around the waist,” Zhang Xiancheng, one of the injured passengers.
“I was looking at my phone when I heard the sound of the crash, then the bus plunged towards the river. We fell into the river before I could even react to what happened,” Shi Yiming, an injured passenger.
Both injured passengers are in stable condition, said doctors, adding that one of the two could sustain fracture in ribs while another one sustaining bruises in the chest.
Police said that the accident was caused by the SUV after it veered into the opposite lane, with the present they are investigating if the car driver was driving under the influence. — Reuters