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15 killed as truck plunges down ravine in Philippines

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Manila, Philippines   /   Tue, September 17, 2019   /   04:16 pm
15 killed as truck plunges down ravine in Philippines In this photo taken by Michael Acas and downloaded from the facebook account of Rolly Aquino shows rescue workers standing next to a flatbed truck after it fell into a ravine in T'Boli town, South Cotabato province,in southern island of Mindanao on September 17, 2019. Fifteen people, including children, were killed on September 17 in the southern Philippines when a flatbed truck they were riding in plummeted into a ravine, police said. (AFP/Michael Acas / Rolly Aquino )

Fifteen people, including children, were killed Tuesday in the southern Philippines when the flatbed truck they were riding in plummeted into a ravine, police said.

The vehicle was bringing about 30 people home from a trip to the beach when the driver lost control near the town of T'boli in the latest deadly crash on the nation's dangerous roads.

"Based on eyewitness accounts, the truck lost its brakes. We will conduct further investigations on the actual cause," T'boli town police investigator George Tabayan told AFP. 

The dead included children aged between one to six years old, with at least 11 other people rushed to hospital due to their injuries.

The group had come from a swimming party at a beach in neighbouring town and were on their way home when the accident occurred.  

Deadly road accidents are common in the Philippines, where inadequately maintained buses and poorly trained drivers form the backbone of land transport options.

In June, 13 people including a bride-to-be were killed when the truck they were riding on after attending a traditional pre-wedding ceremony rolled over on a mountain road.

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