15 killed in road accident in central Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP): A passenger minibus rammed a stalled truck along a central Philippine highway, killing 15 people, police said Sunday.

The jeepney, an open minibus with 20 people on board, was traveling late Saturday along the highway in central Silay city when the driver tried to pass a car and apparently failed to see two trucks loaded with sugarcane stalled along the highway.

A Silay police report said the jeepney rammed the rear of one truck, killing 12 minibus passengers and the driver. Two other passengers -- including an army major -- died later in the hospital, while five survivors were being treated for serious injuries.

Leo Justado, radio operator at the Silay police traffic office, said the two trucks had collided along the highway but could not immediately be removed because of the heavy cargo.

The stretch of the highway was dark because two lampposts were not working, but there were early-warning devices along the road, he said.

Justado said the jeepney "looked like it was flattened by a hot iron.'' It partially went under the truck and the passengers had to be extricated one by one from the twisted wreckage.

16/11/2003

Bron : The Star Online

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