In this photo taken by Michael Acas and downloaded from the facebook account of Rolly Aquino shows rescue workers standing next to a flatbed truck after it fell into a ravine in T'Boli town, South Cotabato province,in southern island of Mindanao on September 17, 2019. Fifteen people, including children, were killed on September 17 in the southern Philippines when a flatbed truck they were riding in plummeted into a ravine, police said.
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20 killed after truck falls off ravine in South Cotabato
(Agence France-Presse) - September 17, 2019 - 7:12pm

MANILA, Philippines — Twenty people, including children, were killed Tuesday in South Cotabato when the flatbed truck they were riding in plummeted into a ravine, police said.

The vehicle was bringing a group of people home from a trip to the beach when the driver lost control near the town of T'boli in the latest deadly crash on the nation's dangerous roads.

"Based on eyewitness accounts, the truck lost its brakes. We will conduct further investigations on the actual cause," T'boli town police investigator George Tabayan told AFP. 

Police initially put the death toll at 15, but doctors said five of the 19 people taken to hospital for treatment later died, Tabayan said, updating an earlier tally.

The dead included children aged between one to six years old, with the driver among those injured, he added.

The group had come from a swimming party at a beach in a neighboring town and were on their way home when the accident occurred.  

Deadly road accidents are common in the Philippines, where inadequately maintained buses and poorly trained drivers form the backbone of land transport options.

In June, 13 people including a bride-to-be were killed when the truck they were riding on after attending a traditional pre-wedding ceremony rolled over on a mountain road.

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