A female passenger surnamed Fang was raped by the driver of a coach traveling from Chengdu to Luzhou late on the night of October 7.
Earlier that evening, Fang had purchased a ticket for RMB80 to Luzhou from the Wugui Qiao Long Distance Bus Station.
Fang said she was the only passenger on the coach. She talked with the driver, surnamed Gou, along the way, and offered him peeled fruits. In Qiuxihe (球溪河), they had dinner with two other drivers of another coach heading toward Luzhou.
The two vehicles reached the Baita Service Area at the Longna Section of Xiarong Highway (厦蓉告诉隆纳段白塔服务区) at the same time, around 11:40 p.m.
"After using the toilet, he [Gou] asked the other two coach drivers to leave first," recalled Fang. "I returned to the coach thinking we would leave soon as well."
At about 12.05 a.m., Longna high-speed traffic police station received an emergency call from Fang saying that she had been sexually assaulted by the coach driver.
"To prevent the driver from escaping, we immediately notified the monitoring center and toll stations along the highway after getting basic information from Fang," said traffic police Huang Qiang.
Huang and another policeman reached the service center right away, but only found a coach parked between the gas station and a restaurant.
"We kept looking for the woman who called," said Huang. "Later we found her hiding in the corner of a restaurant, scared and trembling."
"Her hands were shivering when she called the police," said a waitress at the restaurant. "I dialed the number for her." The waitress also said that customers of the restaurant took down the vehicle's license-plate number immediately.
Soon the police caught the accused coach driver, Gou, who is under preliminary investigation now.
At 2 a.m., Fang and Gou were taken back to the police station for further investigation. The coach was detained in the service area until the next day.
The 50-seat "luxury coach" belongs to Luzhou Chuanlu Transportation Co. Ltd., and normally commutes between Luzhou and Kunming. "Probably it was transferred here temporarily," said a police officer.
At the front of the vehicle is a bed is for drivers to rest on. "Fang was raped on this bed," said the police officer.
The Longchang Police Station confirmed the assault. Gou is in the custody of the police.