Monday, 25 September, 2017

At least 26 dead as bus plunges into ravine in Philippines

The brakes of the bus apparently failed as it negotiated a downhill road in Nueva Ecija province’s Carranglan town The brakes of the bus apparently failed as it negotiated a downhill road in Nueva Ecija province’s Carranglan town
Saul Franklin | 19 April, 2017, 06:57

At least 26 people were killed and more than 20 others injured after a passenger bus plunged into a deep ravine in northern Philippines on Tuesday, police and local media reports said.

Quoting witnesses, police said the bus was overspeeding when the crash happened.

The accident occurred in a remote village in Carranglan town in Nueva Ecija province, about 150 kilometres north of Manila, according to senior police official Robert de Guzman.

Investigators were still determining the cause of the accident, he added.

At least 40 passengers, including the dead and injured, were brought up to the side of the road, he said.

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Abad added the wounded, some of whom sustained critical injuries, were rushed to nearby hospitals.

"The road is really risky".

The bus was completely ruined in the crash as the ravine measured between 80 and 100 metres deep.

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman Ernesto Abella expressed condolences to the families of the victims and said those responsible would be held accountable.

Poorly maintained passenger buses, inadequate road safety features and weak enforcement of local transport laws have been blamed for many vehicular accidents.

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