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Dozens killed as bus plunges into mountain ravine

Rescuers struggled with ropes to descend down the ravine to reach survivors in the bus wreckage in Nueva Ecija province's Carranglan town on Tuesday Dozens killed as bus plunges into mountain ravine
Melinda Barton | 19 April, 2017, 06:54

At least 24 people have died after a bus plunged into a deep ravine in the Philippines.

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

Carranglan police chief Robert de Guzman said the bus from northern Isabela province was on its way to Ilocos Sur, a tobacco- and rice-growing region also in the country's mountainous north, when it crashed shortly before noon. The impact appeared to have ripped the top off the vehicle, he added.

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

"The road is really risky", she said. "There are many ravines along that road going to Abra", he said, referring to the northern province where the bus was headed.

Authorities said 22 people had been injured, some of them seriously - and it is believed the brakes of the bus had malfunctioned.

MalacaƱang conveyed its condolences to the families of the victims and promised to hold accountable those responsible for the tragedy.

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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