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10 dead in road collision in northern Philippines

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    In this photo released by the Philippine National Police Sarrat Station, the wreckage of a minibus lie along a road in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte province, Philippines, Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012. Police said the minibus ferrying students to school collided with a truck, killing 10 people earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Philippine National Police Sarrat) NO SALES
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    In this photo released by the Philippine National Police Sarrat Station, the wreckage of a minibus lie along a road in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte province, Philippines, Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012. Police said the minibus ferrying students to school collided with a truck, killing 10 people earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Philippine National Police Sarrat) NO SALES
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MANILA, Philippines >> Police say a minibus ferrying students to school has collided with a truck along a northern Philippine highway, killing 10 people.

Police investigator John Lay Apostol says four were killed instantly in Tuesday’s crash in Ilocos Norte province’s Sarrat township. Six others died in a hospital, while four high school students were being treated for injuries.

He says six of the dead were students aged 6 to 19 who were on board the minibus, known as a jeepney, a popular mode of transportation in the Philippines.  

Apostol says the jeepney driver tried to overtake another vehicle and did not immediately notice the oncoming truck.

The truck driver is being detained for questioning by police. The jeepney driver is among the dead.

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