According to the China Daily, a female passenger named Liu had missed her stop and asked the driver to stop immediately.
A dash cam video showed the bus plunging off a high bridge into China's Yangtze River last Friday.
All those onboard are presumed dead. She walked up to the driver's seat and scolded him.
Dashboard camera footage from another vehicle nearby, released earlier, had shown the bus charge onto the wrong side of the road without warning before hitting the railings of the Wanzhou Yangtze No. 2 Bridge and plunging into the river.
Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced. The driver turned his head back several times during the argument.
The driver then took his right arm off the steering wheel as he tried to defend himself.
The bus collided with an oncoming auto before smashing through the guardrail and into the Yangtze River on Sunday.
Rescue workers and boats on the site where a public bus plunged into the Yangtze River after colliding with a auto in Chongqing, China on Oct 28, 2018.
A Wanzhou police statement said the driver and the passenger broke the law with their actions because they seriously endangered public safety.
Police say a brawl between a passenger and a bus driver was the cause of the bus plunging off a bridge in southwestern China.
The bus wreckage was lifted from the water on Wednesday.
Rescue teams said that at least 13 people died, while two remaining passengers are still unaccounted for following the accident.
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