A bus driver named as Zhang, has deliberately crashed his bus full of passengers into a reservoir in China, hours after discovering that his house had been demolished by government.
According to police report published on Monday and the China Central Television (CCTV), 21 people died and 15 were injured, when the bus swerved across five lanes, smashing through a guard rail.
Police say Zhang normally began his shift in the afternoon,, but on the day of the incident, he asked another driver if he could take his slot.
Authorities added that around 9.00am local time, he bought a bottle of baijiu, a strong Chinese alcohol, before pouring it into a plastic beverage container, which he drank.
At least 200ml of baijiu was found by police near the crash site.
Before the crash, Zhang sent his girlfriend a voice message on messaging app, WeChat, expressing “world-weary” feelings.
Before he drove the bus into the reservoir, he was seen by some passengers drinking from the plastic beverage bottle in the driver’s seat.
Chinese paper, China Daily, said Zhang had been given the rental property when he worked at a diesel engine factory in Anshun’s Xixiu district, but he had not lived there for some time.
Police further said he was aware that the house was marked for demolition, as part of a “shantytown reconstruction project,” and he had applied for compensation and new housing.
He was offered $10,360 for losing the house, which he has not claimed and was turned down for new accommodation.
On the day he allegedly planned the crash, he had found out in the morning, that the house had been demolished, leaving him homeless.