In the northern Philippines, at least 41 people have died after a bus lost control and plunged into a 50 metre ravine. It’s believed the vehicle had mechanical problems with the driver unable to change gear. Some 47 people were on board.
Most of the victims were crushed to death as the bus fell into the ravine. Rescuers were hampered by the steep slopes and where wreckage ended up. They were able to pull six people out alive including the conductor. They were rushed to hospital.
Accidents like this are common in the Philippines due to ageing and badly maintained vehicles. This crash comes one month after 15 people lost their lives when a bus crashed into a concrete wall.