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Jeepney crash kills 11 in Northern Philippines

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:53 a.m. HST, May 14, 2012

MANILA, Philippines >> Police in the northern Philippines say a minibus so overloaded that passengers were riding on the rooftop has plunged into a 500-foot deep ravine. Eleven people are dead and another 10 injured.

Bontoc Mountain Province police chief William Bequeno  says the vehicle lost control Sunday while negotiating a rough patch of a mountain road.

The modified Jeep, known as a jeepney and the most popular mode of public transport in the Philippines, was carrying nearly 30 passengers. It wasn't clear whether the driver survived.

Many accidents in the country are blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and roads, inadequate driver training and weak traffic law enforcement

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cojef wrote:
Problems faced in emerging counties where commercial transportation operations are not regulated nor licensed. Unwarranted deaths results from the failure of the government to protect and promote public safety. Can't imagine loading 30 passengers in "jeeptney". On a small WWII Jeep chassis plus a passenger compartment and they call it a mini-bus? What tragedy so many had to die. On the lighter side this incident, reminds me of the college fraternity members attempting to determine how many students they could get into a "Bug" (Volkswagen) "Beetle", back in late/early 60's/70's.
on May 14,2012 | 11:40AM
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