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Bus rampage smashes up 12 cars in Beijing

"IT was like watching a blockbuster movie when I saw the bus crashing into cars like a bulldozer," said a man surnamed Liu as he described a traffic accident in Laiguang ying Township, Chaoyang District in Beijing.

It happened about 9am on Sunday, when city bus No. 404 zigzagged and hit a car and a minibus in traffic.

When the owner of the car got out to try to talk to the bus driver, the bus reversed and crashed into 10 parked vehicles and knocked down two electricity poles, the Beijing Public Security Bureau said.

Liu was having breakfast at his shoe-repair stand by the parked cars when he saw the bus coming toward him like a "dancing dragon."

"I threw away my canteen and ran for my life," he said.

One of those parked cars was pushed through the front door of a clinic. "The door glass suddenly cracked. I thought it was an earthquake," said a doctor. No one was injured.

Eventually, three people kicked the bus's door open and were able to control the driver, who to their surprise was a 13-year-old boy.

"He was thin, and was about 165 centimeter tall, trembling, and he didn't say a word," said a man surnamed Chen who helped stop the bus.

According to Beijing Public Transport Holdings Ltd, the owner of the bus, the driver was in the bathroom at a terminal. When he came out the bus was gone. The company believes the boy started it without the keys.

Police are still trying to reach the boy's guardians.


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