7 killed as Philippine bus collides with jeep

January 2, 2011 13:00


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MANILA, Philippines  — Police said a bus has collided with a passenger jeep in a province south of Manila, killing seven members of a family who were returning home from a Christmas vacation.

Police official Alberto Supapo said the bus was overtaking a car on Sunday when it hit the Manila-bound jeep in the opposite lane of a highway in Ibaan town in Batangas province.

Police investigator Nelio Lopez said the collision killed the jeep driver and six of his passengers who were siblings. They were among thousands who were heading back to Manila at the end of the Christmas holiday.

Police said some passengers on the bus received minor injuries.

Poorly maintained vehicles and roads and reckless driving are blamed for many deadly accidents in the Philippines.

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