(UPDATE) 12 people killed in tourist bus accident


Posted at Mar 07 2010 02:20 AM | Updated as of Mar 07 2010 07:57 PM

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - Twelve people were killed and more than 20 others were injured when a tourist bus rammed into a tree in Pugo, La Union Saturday afternoon.

“Mabilis po siya,” witness Rodel Patras said of the PJM Love Bus that crashed into a tree at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Out of the 12 fatalities, 8 were killed instantly. One of them was even decapitated.

Three others died while undergoing treatment at the Baguio General Hospital.

Authorities are still confirming the identities of the fatalities, most of whom did not have identification cards.

At least 20 people injured in the accident were rushed to Baguio General Hospital. One of those injured was the driver of the PJM Love Bus.

The passengers, reportedly from Sta. Rosa, Laguna, had just finished visiting churches in Baguio City before the accident.

Traffic police said the bus must have lost its brakes. – With a report from Maira Wallis, ABS-CBN News North Luzon