ZAMBOANGA CITY: Six people were killed, including three children, and many were injured when a passenger bus overturned on Sunday on a highway in Zamboanga del Sur.
The bus owned by Rural Transit Mindanao was travelling to Cagayan de Oro City from Pagadian City when the accident occurred near the village of Anonang in Aurora town.
Regional police spokesman Senior Inspector Joseph Ortega told The Manila Times that the bus was carrying at least 30 passengers.
He said the bus driver was detained and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the accident.
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 soldiers and policemen who responded to the emergency.
The bus, with body number 1269, overturned on a curve part of the highway and landed on 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 Rural bus also overturned following a near 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 heading to Zamboanga City when the mishap happened in the village of Monching.