Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Truck collides with bus, kills 2 in Zamboanga province

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 21, 2011) – A dump truck transporting members of the Philippine Boy Scouts collided head on with a passenger bus on Wednesday in Zamboanga Sibugay province and killing at least 2 people and wounding over a dozen more, officials said.

Officials said the mishap occurred shortly before 3 p.m. in the village of Monching in Siay town. Other reports said four boy scouts, who were grade school students, were dead.

The truck, owned by the municipal government of Mabuhay, was heading to a jamboree in the town of Ipil when it collided with the bus.

“Initial reports said two members of the boy scouts were killed in the crash and more than a dozen others wounded,” Army Colonel Santiago Baluyot, the provincial military commander, said.

Baluyot said soldiers were deployed to help bring the wounded to the hospitals. “We have some victims in several hospitals in (the town of) Siay and Ipil,” he said.

He said the bus, owned by Rural Transit of Mindanao, was travelling to Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province from Ipil when the accident occurred. “It was a head-on collision. The truck was loaded with boy scouts and on their way to a jamboree in Ipil,” Baluyot said.

The cause of the collision was not immediately known. (Mindanao Examiner)

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