ecently, an angry passenger on a bus in the Jiangsu city of Yangzhou grabbed the steering wheel, nearly causing the bus to swerve into a river. Evidently, he hadn’t heard about what had happened in Chongqing in October.
The passenger was drunk and was angry at the bus driver for not stopping to let his friend on board. In surveillance footage, he is seen arguing briefly with the driver before reaching out to take hold of the steering wheel, yanking it to one side.
Fortunately, the driver slammed on the brakes before the bus could go too far off the road. The passenger was later detained for his actions.
This comes little more than a month after a fight between a passenger and driver on a Chongqing bus led to the bus veering into oncoming traffic and plummeting into the Yangtze River, killing all 15 people on board.
However, that tragedy appears to have done little to change some commuters’ behavior. In the weeks afterward, attacks against bus drivers have continued unabated in China with angry passengers grabbing steering wheels and knocking out drivers’ teeth over the most trivial of disputes.