14 killed in Philippines bus crash

The bus was carrying mostly college students

14 killed in Philippines bus crash

A police investigator passes by the wreckage of a bus that crashed on a downhill road in Tanay, Rizal province| Image: PA images

14 people have been killed in a bus crash in Tanay, in the Rizal province of the Philippines. 

The bus was carrying mostly college students and crashed into an electric post during a hilly descent. 

According to Barangay Sampaloc, of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), 13 of the victims were college students, and they were on a field trip. The bus lost its brakes and crashed into the post at around 9am this morning in Sitio Bayucan.

The students were en route to Sacramento Adventure Camp in Tanay, Rizal, which is around 50 kms east of Manila. 

According to Engineer Carlos Inofre, head of the Tanay MDRRMO "the bus was carrying students from BestLink College of the Philippines in Novaliches, Quezon City."

The bus crashed into an electric post, which caused the post to fall on the bus and crush the roof. The bus' engine also fell from the vehicle due to the impact. The bus driver was brought to hospital but later died. 

Authorities have yet to release an official tally on how many students were injured. The Tanay Public Information Office estimates that around 58 passengers were on the bus.

Those injured in the crash were brought to the 2nd Infantry Division Army Station Hospital, Tanay General Hospital, and Rizal Provincial Hospital.