Philippine truck accident kills 19

Nineteen people were killed after the truck they were riding turned over in the southern Philippines, a police official said on Monday.

The dump truck was carrying 56 people back from a wedding when it turned over while driving through V. Sagun town in the southern island of Mindanao on Saturday, said Senior Superintendent Ramon Ochotorena.

Thirteen people died at the scene while the others died in hospital, he added.

Ochotorena, who is the regional police chief, said the driver of the truck was in police custody and could face charges of reckless driving leading to multiple deaths.

Heavy rain may have made the road slippery, Ochotorena said, but he also said that witnesses reported the driver was drinking heavily before the accident.

Source: AFP

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