A flooded bridge in northern China swept a bus downstream, killing 14 people on Oct. 11.

The tragedy unfolded in Pingshan County, Hebei Province about 7 a.m. local time, according to ABC News.

The vehicle was carrying 51 passengers across the partially submerged Wangmu Bridge, about 45 kilometers (25 miles) from the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang, when it lost control and fell into the river.

Although 37 people survived, 14 perished despite emergency responder efforts to resuscitate them, according to CTV News. The driver has been detained.

Footage shared on social media shows some exited the vehicle as it plummeted to the Hutuo River.

Hutuo River of Pingshan County, Hebei province, China on Oct. 11, 2021. (CGTN Screenshot via TheBL/YouTube)

According to the South China Morning Post, the bus illegally crossed the partially submerged just days after Gangnan Reservoir began releasing water.

“The bridge should not be open [and] there should be security guards watching over the bridge,” said Qie Yonggang, who is responsible for the managing and protecting that section of the river.

The paper revealed affected passengers work for the Jingye Group steel factory.

Flooding in the northern region also killed 15 different people in neighboring Shanxi province, lifting the official number of confirmed fatalities to 29.

Floods and landslides occurred after torrential rain last week, affecting 1.76 million Shanxi citizens according to the British Broadcasting Corporation. More than 120,000 people have been relocated and resettled. An estimated 17,000 houses have been savaged by extreme weather across the province.

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