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At least 12 killed as dump truck falls into cliff in Philippines

(Xinhua)

09:06, August 19, 2011

MANILA, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Police say at least 12 passengers were killed while some 20 others were injured when a dump truck fell into a cliff in the central Philippine province of Cebu on Thursday afternoon.

The truck carrying mourners was on its way to the Barili town cemetery for a burial rite when it lost its brakes, turned turtle and fell into a cliff at Balaw village around 1:30 p.m., said provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Patrocinio Commendador.

At least seven died on the spot, Commendador said, adding five others perished at a hospital.

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

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