Disaffected Chinese driver, 52, DELIBERATELY crashes a bus into a reservoir and kills 21, including himself, in revenge after his house was destined for demolition by officials
- The driver pulled the bus off a bridge before crashing into a lake in Anshun
- Authorities claimed that the man had been drinking superpowered liquor before his shift
- Twenty-one, including the driver, died and 15 others were injured, police said
- Mister Zhang would seek revenge after his apartment was demolished
A bus driver in China drove a vehicle full of passengers from a bridge and into a reservoir in a deliberate revenge against society, police said.
The divorced 52-year-old man, known by his surname Zhang, had been drinking a bottle of super spirits before executing the act, according to an official statement on Sunday.
Twenty-one people – including the driver himself – died and 15 others were injured after the fatal crash of the bus last Tuesday in the southwestern Chinese city of Anshun.
A bus driver in China deliberately entered a 50ft deep reservoir in revenge with his vehicle full of passengers. In the photo, firefighters search for survivors in the wrecked bus
Photos above capture the terrifying moment when a bus full of passengers crashes into a reservoir after suddenly drifting off a bridge in Guizhou Province, southwest China
In a statement Released on Sunday, Anshun police alleged that Mr. Zhang had deliberately driven the bus into the lake to get revenge on the government’s decision to take down his house.
Surveillance footage shows the 36-passenger bus snaking into opposite lanes before plunging off a busy road on July 7 in the pond.
The deepest point of the reservoir is about 15 meters underground, an official said The Beijing News. The water into which the bus crashed is about 10 meters deep.
After nearly 10 hours of rescue, the local fire department found a total of 37 people in the wrecked bus, 21 of whom were declared dead. Fifteen passengers were injured and one survived unharmed.
Twenty-one people – including the driver himself – died and 15 were injured in the fatal bus accident. Last Tuesday, a team of rescue workers is looking for survivors on the scene
The 52-year-old bus driver “was dissatisfied with his life and the demolition of the state house he hired.” Pictured, the canister is recovered from the reservoir in Anshun
The 52-year-old bus driver “was dissatisfied with his life and the demolition of the public house he hired,” authorities said.
On the morning of the incident, Zhang saw that the house was about to be demolished and called a government hotline to complain, the police statement said.
However, police said Zhang had signed an agreement in June approving the scrapping and was promised over 72,000 yuan (£ 8,160) in compensation he left unclaimed.
He is charged with deliberately ‘committing’ an extreme crime, ” the statement said.
Police found that Mr. Zhang had been drinking alcohol while passengers got on and off the bus, the statement said.
As he approached the reservoir, the bus driver suddenly drove across five lanes, through a crash barrier and into the water, police said.
Mr. Zhang drowned and an autopsy found alcohol in his system.
The bus was in perfect condition before the incident occurred.
The large vehicle crashed through the barriers of the bridge and crashed into the Hongshanhu reservoir next to the structure. In the photo, firefighters continue their search for survivors
Local agents are shown inspecting the damaged canister after it was salvaged from the water
A hashtag regarding the Anshun police statement was viewed over 1 billion times on Weibo on Monday morning, with many comments condemning the driver.
“Why would you put so many families on your own pain?” one user wrote.
Another said, “No pain should be an excuse to kill people.”
The news comes when China again saw a similar tragic accident, with a bus dropped more than 160 feet from a bridge in the Yangtze River in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing.
The bus lost control after the passenger attacked the bus driver and attempted to grab the vehicle’s steering wheel.
Thirteen people were found dead and two were missing in the 2018 incident.