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MANILA, Philippines -- Eleven passengers were killed and 10 others were injured when a passenger jeepney fell into a ravine in Bontoc, Mt. Province Sunday, police reported.
Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, director of the Highway Patrol Group, said the vehicle with plate number ACZ 135 lost control and fell into a ravine at the vicinity of Sitio Am-ancho, Dalican Road, Bontoc III, Bontoc, Mt. Province.
The accident occurred at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
The fatalities were identified as Sherleen Benies, MaryAnn Camfoli, Chu Arokod, Jonalyn Sallongen, Teresa Aronchay, Chagon Chamkas, Adalene Domakyon, Helen Lachica, Chanda Chankas, Delia Sumilao, and Melvin Aronchay.
Meanwhile, those injured and rushed to Bontoc General Hospital were Jessica Sumilao, Myrna Lapaan, Isagani Falisong, Zenia Maskay, Luisa Waking, Rachel Lapaan, Jac Banganan, Abrahan Mangosan, Jane Falisong, and Stevensol Paraan.
Initial investigation revealed that the driver, Antonio Dulawan, who had 25 passengers, was forced stop ascending a steep road as the baggage of one of the passengers fell from the vehicle.
One of the jeepney's wheels was suddenly unhinged, toppling the jeep over until it fell into a 150-meter deep ravine.