A bus went off the road and plunged off a mountain in the central Philippines, killing 17 passengers, a regional official said on Wednesday (December 6th). The vehicle was travelling on an "accident-prone" stretch of the municipality of Hamtic, in the province of Antique, at the time of the accident on Tuesday afternoon, explained the head of the regional disaster management agency, Roderick Train, who released the death toll. In addition to those who died, seven others are in critical condition in hospital and four in stable condition, he told AFP.
"It's a mountain road, so the bus fell from a height. That's why the impact claimed so many lives," he added. According to witnesses, it was a "mechanical failure," Train reported, indicating that the driver had "lost control" due to a "potential brake failure." The search and rescue operation ended in the morning, he said, adding that authorities would then try to recover the vehicle.
Fatal road accidents are common in the Philippines, where drivers frequently ignore the code and vehicles are often poorly maintained or overloaded.