Vehicle Accident in Philippines on April 18 2017 10:17 AM (UTC).
At least 24 people were killed in a bus accident in Nueva Ecija on Tuesday morning, April 18. Senior Inspector Robert de Guzman, Carranglan town police chief, said in a phone interview that 24 people died on the spot after a Leomarick Trans bus fell into a ravine in Capintalan village in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija, around 11 am Tuesday. De Guzman said 21 others were injured and were brought to hospitals in Bayombong, Aritao, and Bambang towns in Nueva Vizcaya; and San Jose City and Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija. The bus was traveling from Isabela province to Candon town in Ilocos Sur when the accident happened. "When we responded, we just found the bodies lying in the accident area, lifeless," the town police chief told Rappler in Filipino. He added that the bus was a "total wreck" after falling into the 80-foot-deep ravine. Based on the initial investigation, De Guzman said the bus driver was speeding and even overtook vehicles before the accident. He said the police have yet to release information on the identities of the victims as authorities could not yet retrieve the victims' personal belongings. Malacanang conveyed its condolences to the families of the victims and promised to hold accountable those responsible for the tragedy. "We guarantee that the culprits behind the fatal bus mishap will be held accountable," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.