ZAMBOANGA CITY – At least six people, three of them children, were killed, and scores injured when a passenger bus overturned Sunday on a highway in Zamboanga del Sur, police and witnesses said.
The bus, owned by Rural Transit Mindanao, came from Pagadian City and was travelling to Cagayan de Oro City with at least 30 passengers.
The accident occurred near the village of Anonang in Aurora town, according to Senior Inspector Joseph Ortega, a regional police spokesman.
“At least six people are dead from the accident,” Ortega told The Manila Times.
Police have detained the driver and an investigation has been launched.
One witness, who took photos of the accident, said one of the children was decapitated and the other had a broken skull. She said a baby was also reported among the dead.
Many of the injured passengers were evacuated to hospital by responding soldiers and policemen.
The bus, with body number 1269, overturned as it rounded a curve on the highway and landed in a banana plantation. It was not immediately known whether the two children were among the passengers or villagers. There was no immediate statement from the bus firm about the latest accident.
In February, a chartered bus also flipped over as it avoided a collision with another vehicle, injuring at least 20 passengers on a highway in Zamboanga Sibugay’s Siay town.
The bus, which came from the regional school sports competition in Marawi City, was carrying mostly teachers from Basilan and was on its way to Zamboanga City.