Fourteen killed as bus falls into ravine


Manila - Fourteen people, including two foreigners, were killed and 31 others were injured as a tourist bus fell into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines on Friday, police said.

The bus, carrying 45 people, was travelling on a narrow road in the northern Mountain Province when it fell about 120m into the ravine, said the local police chief, Senior Superintendent Oliver Enmodias.

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Fourteen of the passengers died on the scene, including a Canadian and a Dutch national, he said.

Among the injured were a Dutch woman and the driver of the bus, who were taken to hospital, Enmodias added.

Local police spokesman Superintendent Davy Vicente Limmong said they suspect human error or a mechanical problem was the cause of the accident, as there was no traffic and the weather was clear.

Poorly-maintained buses are the backbone of land transport in the Philippines, but they have been involved in frequent accidents, leading to calls for tighter regulations. - AFP

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