Asia

Philippines bus crash kills 21

  • 16 December 2013
  • From the section Asia

At least 21 people have been killed and several others injured after a bus fell off an elevated motorway onto a van in the Philippine capital, Manila, officials say.

Police said the bus veered off the road and plunged onto a van below early on Monday in a suburb, Paranaque city.

Local media said most of those who died were on the bus.

It was not clear what caused the crash but local reports cited rain, heavy traffic and speed as possible causes.

"We saw the bus fall from there and it flew, and then it hit the van," said shop owner Edith Voluntate. "When we got close, we just saw a lot of people pinned under it."

A traffic investigator told the AFP news agency that the death toll could rise, because some of those injured were in a serious condition.

The bus company involved had been suspended for 30 days pending investigations, local reports said.