Two killed, 35 injured as bus plunges into ravine in northern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP): A passenger bus plunged into a ravine in the northern Philippines, killing two people and injuring 35 others, a police report said Monday.

It was the fifth serious road accident in the country during the All Saints Day holiday weekend, police said.

The bus was negotiating a curve along a highway in Cagayan province's Gattaran town, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Manila, before dawn Sunday when the driver swerved to avoid a fallen bamboo log and lost control.

An 18-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man died instantly, while 35 others, including the driver, were injured, a provincial police report said.

The report said the driver is under investigation.

The Philippine National Police said 18 people died and 29 were injured in four other road accidents Friday and Saturday, as millions of Filipinos travelled to their home provinces to pay respect to relatives who have passed away.

Accidents are common in remote areas of the northern Philippines because of bad road conditions and poor vehicle maintenance.

03/11/2003

Bron : the Star Online

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