5 killed as truck plunges into Philippine ravine

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2011 10:08 PM
5 killed as truck plunges into Philippine ravine

A truck carrying 43 people from a wedding has plunged into a ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines, killing at least five people.

The Office of Civil Defense says 38 other passengers were taken to three hospitals late Saturday after rescuers retrieved them from the bus wreckage at the bottom of a 262-foot-deep (80-meter-deep) ravine in Bauko township in Mountain Province.

Police say they will resume a search for other possible victims and belongings Sunday. They stopped retrieval work due to heavy fog and darkness a few hours after the accident.

It was not immediately clear what caused the truck to veer off the Halsema highway, a winding upland road popular for its mountain scenes but notorious for frequent deadly accidents.