Tuesday, September 18, 2018

14 dead as passenger van falls off cliff in Kalinga

KALINGA. In this September 11, 2018, photo provided by Philippine National Police Cordillera, police inspect the remains of a passenger van along a ravine in Balbalan town in Kalinga province, northern Philippines. (AP)

LA TRINIDAD -- Philippine police said at least 14 people have died when the brakes of an overloaded passenger van failed while cruising a winding road, sending it down a ravine in a northern mountain province.

Police Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana said 24 other passengers, including the driver, were injured Tuesday afternoon in Balbalan town in Kalinga province. Some of the dead were poor elderly villagers returning home after collecting government cash dole-outs from a bank.

Police said 13 passengers were pinned to death while one other died on the way to a hospital after being retrieved from the 80-meter (262-foot) deep ravine.

Road accidents in the region have been blamed on weak enforcement of traffic rules, poorly maintained public transport and long-neglected upland roads. (AP)