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Philippine bus accident death toll rises to 31

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Manila – The death toll from a Philippine bus that plunged into a ravine rose to 31 with signs that overloading contributed to the crash, a police official said on Wednesday.

The accident, which saw the bus come off a winding road to fall 24 metres (80 feet) into a ravine in the upland province of Nueva Ecija on Tuesday, also left 46 injured with four still in a critical condition, said Senior Superintendent Antonio Yarra.

“The wheel burst and that caused the bus to fall into ravine. It seems that it (the bus) was overloaded. Because of the overloading, it was beyond the capacity of the wheel to hold,” said Yarra, the provincial police chief.

He said a count determined there were 77 passengers on board, much higher than earlier estimates. He declined to say who might be held responsible as the investigation was ongoing.

Source by: Internet

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