BAGUIO, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine governor says at least 12 people died when the van they were riding in plunged into a deep ravine in the country’s mountainous north.
Governor Nestor Fongwan of Benguet province said Sunday that the van veered off a mountain road in remote Buguias town on Saturday and plummeted into a 90-meter (295-foot) deep ravine, killing 10 people. Two more died later Saturday and another victim is fighting for his life in a hospital, he said, adding five people were injured.
Fongwan says one of the 19 people in the van managed to jump out before the vehicle fell off a cliff.
Reckless driving, neglected vehicles and roads, and poor enforcement of traffic laws have been blamed for the many deadly road accidents in the Philippines.