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Philippines bus crash kills at least 40


Rescuers carry an injured passenger of a bus that fell into a ravine in Sablan, Benguet in northern Philippines August 18, 2010. 41 people were killed after a bus lost control and fell into a 50-meter ravine in the northern province of Benguet on Wednesday, local officials said. REUTERS/Harley Palangchiao
Rescuers carry an injured passenger of a bus that fell into a ravine in Sablan, Benguet in northern Philippines August 18, 2010. 41 people were killed after a bus lost control and fell into a 50-meter ravine in the northern province of Benguet on Wednesday, local officials said. REUTERS/Harley Palangchiao

MANILA (Reuters) - A bus swerved off the road into a ravine in the northern Philippines Wednesday killing at least 40 people, local officials said.

The accident happened in the hills outside Baguio City, about 240 km (150 miles) north of Manila. Police said a mechanical fault may have been to blame.

Wilben Mayor, the local police senior superintendent, cited the conductor, one of about half a dozen people to survive the crash, as saying the driver had been unable to shift gear.

(Editing by Nick Macfie)

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