Nine killed in Philippines bus crash

05:38, Feb 07 2014

Police and civil defense officials say at least nine people were killed and 32 others injured, including two Dutch nationals, when a passenger bus fell into a 500m ravine in the northern Philippines.

Police Inspector Ramon Garcia said the incident happened Friday morning in Bontoc, a resort town 280 kilometres north of Manila known for its mountainside rice terraces.

The Office of Civil Defense says the bus from Manila had 47 passengers on board.

Garcia says the weather was fine at the time of the accident, and investigators were trying to verify if it was due to mechanical problems or human error. 

Garcia says two children aged 4 and 7 were among the injured.

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AP