5 killed, 15 injured in bus-jeepney collision in N. Philippines

19:30, October 25, 2010      

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Five people were killed and 15 others were injured when a passenger bus collided with a cargo jeepney and fell into a ravine in Batangas province, in Philippine north Luzon region, Monday morning, police said.

Police at the Ibaan police station said by phone that the passenger bus heading to Batangas port from Manila crashed with a Manila-bound jeepney carrying fish at around 4:30 a.m. Monday local time at Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR).

The bus driver allegedly lost control of the wheel when he overtook another vehicle and fell into a 8-meter-deep ravine.

The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals and police are probing into the cause of the accident.

Bad roads, poorly maintained vehicles and reckless driving are the common causes for traffic accidents that kill hundreds in Philippine highways every year.

About 80 people were killed in road mishaps across the country in the first half of 2010.



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