13 die, 30 hurt as truck crashes, overturns in Philippines

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Thirteen people were killed and 30 injured when a truck, they were riding in, crashed into a tree and overturned in the southern Philippines, police and local officials said Thursday.

Some passengers were thrown from the truck and pinned under it in the crash.

The six-wheeler truck was navigating a sloping curve in Balingasag town in Misamis Oriental province, 771 kilometres south of Manila, on Wednesday when its brakes malfunctioned, the Police said.

A total of 43 passengers, including children, were aboard the truck, said Jojo Dalman, councillor of Claveria town, located about an hour away, where the victims came from.

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Nine people died on the spot, while four expired in hospitals, according to police and local authorities.

Dalman said the truck was part of a convoy of vehicles that were on the way to a beach resort in Balingasag for a post-Christmas party for community workers of the village of Apos Kahoy and their children.