Bus falls off ravine in Mt. Province, 14 dead

Posted at Feb 07 2014 12:03 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2014 11:18 PM

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BAGUIO CITY (2ND UPDATE) -- At least 14 people were killed after a passenger bus fell off a ravine in Bontoc, Mountain Province at 7:20 a.m. Friday.

Initial reports said at least 24 others were injured. Four passengers, meanwhile, were missing.

Authorities said around 45 passengers were on board the Florida bus, which fell off the 500-meter deep ravine in Sitio Pagang, Barangay Talubin.

The bus with plate number TXT 872 came from Sampaloc, Manila and was bound for Bontoc.

According to Police Provincial Director Oliver Enmodias, 9 passengers died on the spot.

The wounded passengers were brought to the Bontoc General Hospital and Luis Hora Hospital.

Search and rescue operations for the other passengers are ongoing.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. -- Reports from Armenio Supang, dzMM; Mae Cornes, ABS-CBN News Northern Luzon