Based on police statement, nine died while 16 were injured after a mini dump truck rammed into a hilly area in Brgy. Upper Becirral, Boljoon town, Cebu early Friday morning.
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Runaway truck kills 8 children in Cebu town — officials
(Agence France-Presse) - July 19, 2019 - 3:28pm

MANILA, Philippines — Eight schoolchildren were among nine people killed Friday aboard a runaway truck that crashed in Boljoon, Cebu while transporting them to a sports activity, the authorities said.

The dump truck's brakes failed while it descended a mountain road outside Boljoon town centre with about 30 children and a few parents and teachers crammed on the truck bed, town mayor Merlou Derama told AFP.

"The driver tried to slow the vehicle by brushing its side against the mountain," Derama said, adding it fell on its side instead.

Three girls and five boys aged between 11 and 12 and a mother died immediately, while five other children were taken to hospital, he added.

Boljoon police said they planned to ask state prosecutors to file charges of multiple homicide against the driver, who was unhurt.

The local government lent the vehicle to the remote school to transport its athletes to a competition in Boljoon because transport options are limited in the area, Mayor Derama said.

Last month, another dump truck rolled over on a mountainous road in eastern Camarines Sur province, killing 13 people according to local police.

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